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More than 75 alums joined Art Sclger 
and Ben Stone for the annual 

Alumni/ae Glee Club Concert 

at Reunion '99. 

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The Archon 

Published since 1884 


John M. Doggettjr. 


Kristen C. Grubbs 


Elisabeth L. Campbell 
Dan Courter 
David Oxton 

Graphic Design 

Elisabeth L. Campbell 

Assistant Headmaster 

Edward C.Young 73, P'01,'02 
Director of Development 
Patricia Tobin Peterman P'01 
Associate Director of Development 
Michael A. Moonves 
Director of Annual Giving 
Michelle M. Kunz 

Trustees of Governor Dummer Academy 

Daniel M. Morgan '67, P'97'02, President 

Stephen G. Kasnet '62, P'95,Vice President 

Josiah H.Welch '47, P'80'83, Secretary 

Jeffrey L. Gordon '69, Treasurer 

William L.Alfond '67 

Putnam R Flint '37, GP'99 

Clifford J. Gillespie 

Judith Gore P'95'97 

Richard M. Kelleher P'99'01 

Josiah K. Lilly '68, P'91'98 

Mary F. Mack P'87'91 '93 

Joshua L. Miner IV '69, P'96'98 

Reynolds E. Moulton,Jr. '56 

Brian H. Noyes '76 

William F. O'Leary '73 

Carrie W Penner '88 

Michael R. Porter P'96'99'01 

Haskell Rhett '54 

James L. Rudolph '68 

George S. Scharfe P'95'00 

C.Thomas Tenney, Jr. '69 

Alumni Trustees 

Kathleen Leary Livermore '79 

Kara Moheban McLoy '88 

Steven G. Shapiro '74 

Ex Officio 


President, Alumni /ac Council 

Alumni/ae Council 

Peter T. Buder '62, President 

Catherine Burgess '91, Secretary/Treasurer 

Carolyn Borwick '77 

R.Jeffrey Bailly '80 

Deana Giamette Boyages '88 

James Deveney '60 

John P. English '28 

Peter W Franklin '72 

Anthony P. Fusco '85 

Joshua Lappin '92 

Joseph E. MacLeod '56 

Howard J. Navins '31, P'63'66, GP'93 

Susan F Pattison '77 

Robert Studley '86 

Marc K.Tucker '68, P'01 

Ex Officio 

Karen A. Schulte '83, Past President 

Arthur H.Veasey III '68, Past President 

John S. Mercer '64, P'95, Past President 

Peter M. Shenn '59, Past President 

Putnam P. Flint '37, GP'99, Co-chair, Trustee 

Development Committee 
Carrie W Penner '88, Co-chair, Trustee 

Development Committee 

TheArchon is published three times a 
year by Governor Dummer Academy, Byfield, 
Massachusetts 01922. Telephone: (978) 465-1763. 
Letters are welcome from alumni, alumnae, parents, and 
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3 Student Profile 

Sarah Willeman '99 

18 The Doggett Years Begin 

22 Commencement '99 

26 Alums Celebrate at 
Reunion '99 

30 Honoring the Bragdons 



on campus 

32 class notes 

48 in memoriam 

on the rover 

The Doggetts 

The cover photo was taken by David Oxton, photography 

teacher at GDA, upon the Doggetts' arrival in July. 

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diversity responses 

Your cover story on diversity was very 
interesting, thoughtful, compassionate, and 
well-intentioned. It was, however, an out- 
standing example of why putting the 
emphasis on "diversity" instead of excel- 
lence fails to meet the goals that are sought. 
Kathy Guy defines racism as "the limiting of 
access", or as "a system calling for increased 
requirements for the attainment of equal 
status." When an institution changes the 
standards of admission from measurable to 
subjective, or from character to color, it 
changes the rules, and by its very nature, 
increases the requirements for admission for 
one or more groups. Somehow, we now 
think this is acceptable, as long as the group 
being limited, or having to meet a higher 
standard is white, especially white males. 

Just as proponents and defenders of 
affirmative action would have us believe 
that no one is harmed by the promotion of 
those who by measurable standards are less 
qualified, Nora Lester both states and 
implies that Governor Dummer would bet- 
ter serve its purpose and its people if its 
admission standards were altered. I think a 
better approach would be to give absolute- 
ly no consideration to color, religion, or 
sexual orientation. Diversity achieved natu- 
rally and honestly, through the process of 
seeking only the most qualified students and 
faculty, without regard to race or religion, 
has a far greater chance for allowing for true 
inclusion. Changing admissions and hiring 
practices, in order to force diversity, too 
often creates an illegitimate and unnatural 
diversity. It also creates an unfair atmosphere 
for the student or teacher who is at the 
school not because their achievements mer- 
ited it, but because their inclusion achieves 
the aims of others. 

Not for an instant do I doubt the sin- 
cerity of Kathy Guy, Nora Lester, or any of 
the other contributors. Their aims and their 
goals are noble, and worth working towards. 
But the method that Governor Dummer 
takes to achieve diversity is crucial. If the 
standards of excellence are lowered by mak- 
ing race, religion and sexual preference con- 
siderations, we will have achieved no greater 
good than the schools of old, that used sim- 
ilar standards to exclude all but white males. 

Joseph P. Stevens '64 

Dear Editor: 

Perhaps there are those who would be 
interested in the reaction of another aging 
alumnus to the news, reported in a recent 
Archon and disclosed by some, that a gay- 
straight alliance had been formed at the 

My reaction was, "Oh, thank God; oh, 
thank God; oh, thank God." 


Chester Parasco,Jr. '65 

Dear Peter Bragdon: 

I have been reading the Archon since 
my first year as a student at GDA in 1965. 
The last issue focusing on diversity was, in 
my opinion, one of the finest issues I have 
ever received. For many of us involved at 
GDA, you will forever be remembered as a 
Headmaster who has been committed to 
making the tolerance for and understanding 
of diversity a priority within the GDA 
community. Unfortunately, racism, hatred, 
and bigotry will always exist in our society. 
However, it is truly encouraging to know 
that someone in your position has been 
working so hard with our future leaders on 
the issues of diversity. Congratulations on 
your success. 

Best wishes, 

James L. Rudolph '68 

editor's note 

Last winter's cover story on diversity has 
engendered some spirited and healthy dia- 
logue on issues of diversity at GDA and 
beyond. As new editor of the Archon last 
February, I was quite excited to witness the 
care and interest that many alums have been 
expressing in the school and in educational 
issues in general. 

As we continue to cover campus news 
and class notes in future issues, those of us 
involved in the magazine here on campus 
also hope to stay committed to establishing 
the Archon as a place for each of you to 
express opinions, share ideas and news, and 
connect both with what's going on at the 
Academy today and with what your class- 
mates are thinking about in our increasingly 
busy world. As we approach the millennium, 
we hope that you will use the Archon as a 
forum for your thoughts on anything that is 
going on in your lives. The Archon is a mag- 
azine^br alumnae/i, and as such should func- 
tion as a place to celebrate you. But we need 
your help. Please feel free to write, e-mail or 
call me and let me know what you're up to, 
what you're thinking about, "what you hope 
your alumni/ae magazine can be. I look for- 
ward to hearing from many of you. 

Kristen Grubbs, editor 

kgrubbs@gda. org 


Parents: Save the Date 

Please join us for 

Parents' Weekend 

Winter Gathering 

at Governor Dummer Academy 

February 1142, 2000 

Stay tuned for more information. 

2 The Archon — Spring 1999 

student profile 

Reprinted Courtesy ofTlie Boston Globe and John 

Laidler; February 7, 1999 

by John Laidler, Globe Correspondent 

Sarah Willeman can hardly remember 
a time when she didn't love horses. "I was 
a horse-crazy little kid," said the 17-year- 
old Hamilton resident. Even as a small 
child, she recalls countless hours playing 
with plastic toy ponies and race horses. 

By the time she was six, she was rid- 
ing ponies. By eight, she was entering 
horse shows. And last year, at 16, Willeman 
achieved national recognition on the horse 
show circuit when she won a string of rib- 
bons at some of the most prominent events 
in the sport's junior division, which covers 
competitors 18 and under. 

Last fall, Willeman was the only rider 
in the country to "win ribbons at all four of 
the major national finals for juniors in the 
equitation division, including first place in 
the prestigious Washington International 
Horse Show Equitation Classic finals. 
Horse show competitions have three divi- 
sions: jumper, hunter and equitation. While 
she has one year of junior-level competi- 
tion still ahead, Willeman, who has been 
admitted to Stanford University, already is 
making plans to enter some Grand Prix 
competitions this year, the premier level of 

At The Top Of Her Game: 

Hamilton's Willeman Excels 
At Horse Shows 

the sport. And there is the possibility of her 
trying out for the Olympics one day. Her 
equestrian accomplishments are all the 
more notable because they have not come 
at the expense of her grades. 

For much of the year, Willeman 
attends school only four days a week, 
devoting Fridays and weekends to her 
competitions. From January through 
March, she flies each Thursday night to 
Florida, where her seven horses are kept 
and where the winter's major horse shows 
are held. Still, she remains a top student at 
Governor Dummer Academy in Byfield, 
where she is a senior. The school has 
allowed her the flexibility of a four-day 
schedule on condition that Willeman meet 
its academic standards. 

Her immersion in the world of horse 
shows is not something she consciously 
planned, Willeman said. "The whole thing 
just happened gradually. I had all these 
interests: I took ballet, I took gymnastics, I 
played the piano, I took art lessons," she 
said. "Whenever I had to make a choice 
between one of those things and riding, I 
always chose riding. Finally, it got down to 
piano and riding and that was really tough, 
but I chose riding. So now what I do is 
riding and school." 

In explaining her progress in the 
sport, Willeman talks about the hours of 
practice she has put in. She said self-condi- 
tioning activities such as weight training 
and yoga also help. And Willeman is quick 
to give credit to others, notably her coach- 
es, Missy Clark and Michael Keough. But 
they say it is Willeman's own qualities that 
explain much of her success. 

"She is incredibly bright," said Clark, 
a nationally known New York-based coach 
who has been working with Willeman the 
past two years. "She is also a very, very ded- 
icated, hard worker and has spent many 
hours trying to perfect her riding." 

Keough, who owns the Castle Neck 
Farm in Essex where Willeman's horses are 
based in the warmer months, said 
Willeman's poise, too, has served her well. 
"She has the ability to focus on doing 
what is necessary without the interference 
of anxiety or apprehension," he said. 

Clark said that Willeman has done 
particularly well in the equitation division. 
But, she said, "what makes her unique is 
that she has also had successes in the other 
venues of the sport," the hunter and 
jumper divisions. 

The Archon — Fall 1999 3 

on campus 

International Students Celebrate 

Hailing from Canada, Colombia, Germany, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, 
Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Taiwan, GDA's international students have been involved in all 
levels of GDA life. But on one morning last spring, the community celebrated their pres- 
ence with an all-school Convocation. Advised by International Student Coordinator 
Kathy Guy, 1998-99 s international students had been working all spring to present to their 
fellow classmates and teachers a survey of their experiences both in their home countries 
and here at GDA. 

On April 29, the GDA student body filed into Thompson Theater to the tune of 
Korean music. Teresa Han '00 and Hannah Cho '00 demonstrated Korean bowing prac- 
tices, and Brian Choi '00 sought to explain some stereotypes that Korean students have 
experienced in this country. Choi explained that he and others have had to respond to 
such comments as: all students are good at math, all Germans are tall and blond, all Asians 
do martial arts, all Asians study all the time. Min Bae '99 gave a demonstration of self- 
defense and judo practices with help from audience volunteers. 

Former student Cadence Dubus shared her prior expectations and her first-hand 
impressions of Korea when she visited Han at her home last year. Shin Ryoo '99 showed 
a video clip of a Korean classroom and described many of its differences from classrooms 
at GDA — from their ban on wearing jewelry at school to the 55 students in each class. 

The entire group sat with ESL instructor Karen Gold and answered a series of ques- 
tions previously written by members of the community, or that they have been asked at 
some point since living in the United States. "Do you eat anything besides rice at home?... 
Are you from North or South Korea? ...How do you know how to ski? ...Don't you 'wish 
you were white? ...What were the hardest things to adapt to at GDA? ...Why do the Asian 
kids hang around together?" 

The morning of dance, laughter, and learning highlighted the value of having a 
diverse population of students on campus, and allowed all of the community a chance to 
get to know each other just a little better. 

Let's Talk Baseball 

Former Red Sox catchers Bob Montgomery P'OO and Jerry Moses were on cam- 
pus last spring, sharing their stories of the major league with the school. The two play- 
ers from the late 60's and 70's attended Elaine White's English classes, joining a discus- 
sion on the metaphor of baseball in American culture and society, and also presented 
to the whole school at a convocation.The men explained that baseball not only opened 
doors academically and socially, but also gave them the opportunity to go forward in 
their careers, and to learn to trust in themselves and find success in their own eyes. 

Boston Marathon 

by Joel Christian Crawford '99 

On Sunday, April 18th, a group of 18 
students and nine teachers braved the early 
morning light to practice the school 
motto: "Not for self, but for others." The 
small band of well-wishing Governor 
Dummer volunteers welcomed runners 
from all over the nation and world to the 
city and the marathon. This year's participa- 
tion included welcoming the runners, 
handing out marathon T-shirts, handing out 
race packets, translating directions and 
information for some of the marathon's 
international runners, and carting supplies 
of food into the exposition center for the 
runners and volunteers to eat.Yet the greatest 
achievement for the Boston Marathon vol- 
unteers is that GDA is the only high school 
allowed participation in the marathon's 

The event was by no means dull for 
the volunteers. Many shared stories with 
runners about old hometowns and same 
home-states, and familiar names. Every one 
of the participants will take home a similar 
story of a crazy person yelling about how 
you have to have an extra-large T-shirt in 
order to win the race. The 103rd Boston 
Marathon will have a special meaning for 
the city and the Boston Athletic Association, 
the last of the century and millennium, but 
more importantly for the GDA community 
that, in its small way, gave a piece of itself to 
the world. 

4 The Archon — Fall 1999 


On a brisk, bright morning last spring, 
the GDA community gathered in silence at 
the flagpole outside of the Frost Building 
to recognize the tragedy of Littleton, CO. 
Sponsored by the Christian Fellowship and 
organized by Emily Ouimette '01 and his- 
tory teacher Scott Larsen, the break was 
not specifically a time of prayer but a 
moment of reflection for the people of 
Littleton. In addition, a large card signed by 
members of the school was sent to the stu- 
dents and staff at Columbine High School. 

Heads in the 

Science teacher Hal Scheintaub 
and his ninth grade class ventured into 
some new technology with wonderful 
Power Point presentations on clouds. 
Saved in a folder called Cloudshine on 
the school network, the presentations 
were accessible to all faculty and 
students on any of the networked 
computers. Power Point software 
enabled the students to create a slide 
show simulation, complete with sound, 
motion, and a visual drama of the vari- 
ety and forms of clouds and weather. 

Sarah Willeman 

Published Historian 

Sarah Willeman '99 of Hamilton, MA, 
was honored this spring as the first GDA 
scholar ever to be published in the histori- 
cal journal, The Concord Review. The jour- 
nal is the only English-language publica- 
tion in the world of research essays by high 
school students of history, and is circulated 
in 42 states and 32 countries. 

Sarah's essay, written for her AP U.S. 
History class last year, is entitled, "The 
Mountain Meadows Massacre: Atrocious 
Crime and Astonishing Mystery," and 
explores the 1857 massacre in the Utah ter- 
ritory of a wagon train bound for 
California. In order to publish the 15,000- 
word essay, the Review is waiving its 4,000- 
6,000 word limit — a true sign of the col- 
lege-level quality of her work. As Academic 
Dean Bill Quigley explains, "This is the 
most remarkable research paper I have read 
since I began teaching high school history 
in 1984. It is a work of extraordinary craft 
and careful, sophisticated scholarship." 

Day of Silence 

On Thursday April 22, the Gay 
Straight Alliance sponsored a day of silence 
to recognize the silencing that gay individ- 
uals have often faced in our society. 
Participated in by many students during 
the academic day, the activity also provoked 
dialogue in classes about the importance of 
speaking out in recognition of discrimina- 
tion and the power of living in another's 
shoes for a day. 

Health Fair 1999 

On April 15,51 regional health organ- 
izations and over 300 students and mem- 
bers of the GDA community descended 
upon the Alumni Gymnasium for the GDA 
Health Fair of 1999. Organized by Health 
Educator Janet Epstein and a hard-working 
crew of GDA Allies and student volunteers, 
the gymnasium was transformed by inter- 
active exhibits and informational displays 
on all sorts of health issues. Attending 
groups included the American Red Cross, 
the YWCA, Earth Song Herbals, TCBY, 
Outward Bound, the Sleep Center of 
Portsmouth, Anna Jaques Hospital, Vitamins, 
etc., sports and therapeutic massage, the 
Women's Crisis Center, DARE, New 
England Tobacco Education Collaborative, 
the Oriental Cultural Institute, the Lions' 
Club Vision Mobile, and many more. 

Held in 1993 and 1996, the Health Fair 
is a recurring resource for the greater GDA 
community. Epstein explains she was very 
"pleased with the success" of the event, and 
hopes to have even more participate in 2002! 

Only Connect 

This spring, the Wright Science 
Project at GDA sponsored the "Only 
Connect" competition, a contest honoring 
artistic submissions that best connect sci- 
ence and other academic disciplines. 
Entries, judged on creativity, artistic merit, 
pedagogical value, and relevance to the 
middle and high school student, must 
apply to the study of the earth's water and 
air. Winning entries, determined by sci- 
ence teacher Steven Metz and a faculty 
prize committee, are to be included in a 
not-for-profit collection of curricular 
activities distributed to teachers by print, 
CD-Rom, and the Internet. Tom Hand 
'00 earned an honorable mention; Becky 
Dosh '99, Francis Ng '99, Kempton 
Randolph '00, and Nathaniel Sprague '99 
earned first prizes; and grand prizes went 
to Michael Curran '02 and Marienna 
Murch '02. 

The Archon — Fall 1999 5 

o n campus 


The Children 

After Patrick Kavanagh 
by Robert Creeley 

Down on the sidewalk recurrent 
children's forms, reds, greens, 
walking along with the watching 
elders not their own. 

It's winter, grows colder and colder. 
How to play today without sun? 
Will summer, gone, come again? 
Will I only grow older and older? 

Not wise enough yet to know 
you're only here at all 
as the wind blows, now 
as the fire burns low. 

Robert Creeley: Later copyright 1979. Reprinted by permission 
of New Directions Publishing Corporation. 

As the calls and cheers from the 
intramural softball games drifted in 
through the library windows with 
the sun-setting light last spring, a group of 
attentive students and faculty listened to 
the relaxed figure before them. Poet 
Robert Creeley, great-uncle of Genevieve 
Reynolds '00, sat in an armchair in the 
Bragdon Reading Room, talking in a quiet 
voice — as though we were in his living 
room, or he in ours. 

In honor of National Poetry Month, 
Creeley came to campus for a reading and 
reception — a conversation might better 
describe it — and guest leadership of three 

by Brittany Perham '99 — Mercer Poetry Award winner 

The Magi search for the baby 

and they return to their wives, changed. 

The sheep sway in the manger like ferns. 

Shepherds, heads covered against the heat 

of the star, fold to their knees. 

The organ treads heavily on the notes. 

We light our candles, rise to sing, 

as humming birds search for honey — 

Here is what I am looking for: 

The bells, 

and my brother 

on the pew, swaddled 

in my mother's coat, 

waking to Christmas. 

/^\ f% m / §/* / % 9 

English classes last April. A New Englander 
by birth, Creeley has spent a good portion 
of his life travelling and teaching through- 
out the world. In the 1950s he taught at 
Black Mountain College and edited the 
Black Mountain Review, a crucial gathering 
place for alternative senses of writing. He 
has taught at the University of New 
Mexico and at the State University of New 
York at Buffalo, where he now lives. Most 
identified as a poet, Creeley counts among 
his friends and mentors Allen Ginsburg and 
William Carlos Williams, and is broadly 
known for the impact of his collaborations 
with diverse artists, notably musicians and 
visual artists. He was awarded the 1999 
Bollingen Prize for poetry, and has earned 
dozens of other honors, including the 
American Award in Poetry, a Fulbright 
Grant, and the Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest 
Writers Award. 

His wise and gentle presence touched 
many throughout his two days on campus. 
As teacher Paul Wann exclaimed, "Creeley, 
here, in Byfield! What better life could we 
have?!" Creeley 's presence was but one way 
in which GDA celebrated poetry last April. 

The annual Poetry Festival for inde- 
pendent and public schools celebrated its 
15th anniversary at Middlesex School on 
April 22. Representatives of GDA, Mark 
Lipman '00, Caitlin Mcintosh '01, Jessica 
Watson '01, and Jaimie Pressman '99, were 
chosen based upon the quality of their 
poems submitted to the English depart- 
ment. The festival included professional 

poets giving readings, poetry workshops, 
and student readings of their own work 
before the entire gathered assembly. 

GDA's own Murphy/Mercer poetry 
and short story contest is held each spring 
in honor of Masters Thomas Mercer and 
Mac Murphy. Students can submit a short 
story and up to four poems for considera- 
tion. Department Chair Elaine White 
explains, "It is very fun for the English 
department because we do not know the 
identity of the authors until the very end of 
the judging. It is wonderful to be sur- 
prised!" First place winners in each catego- 
ry receive a book prize, and the work of all 
prizewinners is published in the school's lit- 
erary magazine, Spire. 1999 winners includ- 
ed Murphy Short Story Awards to Sarah 
Willeman '99, Brittany Perham '99, and 
Paul Morrissey '99. The 1999 Mercer 
Poetry Awards went to Perham, Treacy 
Silverstein '00, Willeman, and Mcintosh. 

Other events throughout the spring 
included visiting speaker Dr. Michael 
Antonakes delivering to sophomores a dra- 
matic interpretation of the WorldWar I poets, 
entided "Creativity and Destruction", and 
Two Bears, a Cherokee medicine man, hold- 
ing freshmen spellbound in the old Frost 
library as he discussed his Cherokee heritage 
and the function of myth and story in his life. 
At a Tuesday night at the Pescosolido Library, 
local piet Rhina Espaillat recited Federico 
Garcia Lorca's poetry to guitarist John 
Travano's accompaniment. 

6 The Archon — Fall 1999 

Bastian Earns 
National Art 

Will Bastian, a freshman from Tampa, 
FL, was awarded a Gold in a National 
Scholastic Art Awards contest. Bastian s work 
was entered in the national contest by Tlie 
Boston Globe after he won a Gold Key in the 
Boston Globe Art Awards competition last 
month. His photograph was on exhibit at 
the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, 
DC, and he attended a ceremony in 
Washington, DC where he was presented 
with his award and a $100 prize. Other 1999 
Boston Globe photography awards went to 
Teaya Bromley '00 (a Gold Key) and Brittany 
Perham '99 (a Silver Key). 

by Brittany Perham '99 

by Will Bastian '02 

by Teaya Bromley '00 

The Archon — Fall 1999 7 

on campus 

fine arts 

Last year's Student Body President Joe Turner '99, was 
recently elected President of the freshman class at 
Bowdoin College. 

Spring Thing 

Blues harp, electric violin, song in the 
style of Bobby McFerrin, Mozart and 
Joplin by the Academy Orchestra, Chopin 
waltz on piano, Johnny Spec and the BC's 
jazz band, the Academy Singers with 
Bohemian Rhapsody, vocal soloists 'with 
U2, Gershwin, Beatles selections . . . Need 
we say more? The final Fine Arts concerts 
of 1999 had almost as many people partic- 
ipating as in the audience, with variety that 
would knock your socks off. According to 
the Man with the Red Shoes, director 
Chris Stowens, "Every year it gets better 
and better ..." 

As You Like It 

Based in the outdoor world as it is, 
Shakespeare's As You Like It found a perfect 
venue in Byfield last May. Nestled amidst 
the trees behind the Pescosolido Library, 
the spring drama production took on the 
challenges and rewards of outdoor theatre. 
While the audience huddled under blan- 
kets to fight off the challenge of early sum- 
mer mosquitoes and cool twilight air, the 
actors learned to project their lines into the 
open breezes. Humanities director Peter 
Nelson explained, "As You Like It has its 
origin in outdoor theatre. "We felt lucky to 
find a spot on campus that adapted so well 
to the production." With backstage as the 
Kaiser Art Center, the players moved in and 
out of the grove of trees, pronounced their 
love from a stone wall platform, and tum- 
bled and joked through the grass at the 
audience's feet. 

Jessica Watson '01, John Spector '99, and Elisabeth Coolidge '00 perform in As You Like It. 

8 The Archon — Fall 1999 

sports news 

Caroline Kelleher '99 (left, #24) joins Boston University's Division I team this fall, while K.K. Scharfe 
'00 (center) played with the US World Cup team in Australia in September. 

Women's Varsity Lacrosse 

For the last six years, the GDA women's varsity lacrosse team has been in the top five 
team's of the Independent School League. Coached at GDA by Anna Gerry, Bert McLain, 
and Tracy Ainsworth, and led by captains Caroline Kelleher '99 of Paradise Valley, CA and 
Ayeisha Morgan '99 of Los Angeles, the 1999 team boasted a 10-4-1 season and third 
place in the ISL. 

This year's team also earned individual honors never before seen in GDA players. 
During the season, Caroline Kelleher scored 71 goals and 12 assists, earning her a spot on 
next year's Boston University team. Never having played before, Beth Depratto '01 of 
Ontario, Canada was the second highest scorer with 30 goals and five assists. 

Both Caroline Kelleher and her sister, sophomore Elizabeth Kelleher, and junior K.K. 
Scharfe of Manchester, MA, were elected to the New England Lacrosse team that repre- 
sented New England at the National Tournament in Columbus, OH over Memorial Day 

In addition, these three players, coached at GDA by Anna Gerry and Roberta 
McLain, were three of five kids in all of New England that were selected to tryout for the 
United States Under 1 9 World Cup team. Unfortunately, Liz Kelleher broke her hand half 
way through Governor Dummer Academy's season and was not able to compete in these 
final competitions. She does, however, join Caroline and KK as a member of the 1st Team 
All-American girls' lacrosse squad. 

At the second round ofWorld Cup trials in Baltimore, Caroline made it through all 
but the final cuts for the squad and is now considered one of the top seven offensive play- 
ers in the nation. 

Scharfe 's aggressive and tenacious defensive play have taken her to the international 
arena. She will travel with the 20-member U.S. training squad to Australia for the World 
Cup competition this fall. 

Men's Varsity 

The men's varsity lacrosse team had a 
tough season in a competitive league, with 
much hard work by many individual play- 
ers. The team's captain and Most Valuable 
Player, Mike Porter '99 and Nick Mincolla 
'00 earned places on the 1999 Independent 
School League All-League team, while 
Dale Williams '00 was given an honorable 

mention. Porter also was selected to play in 
the senior East vs. West All-Star game and 
the Massachusetts Prep vs. Public All-Star 
game. Porter will be attending Gettysburg 
College in the fall where he will join their 
powerhouse lacrosse team. Meanwhile the 
GDA men, with the guidance of coaches 
Peter Bidstrup and David Van Ness, will 
work to develop their team's powerhouse 
high school capabilities. 

The Archon — Fall 1999 9 

sports news 


According to coach Mike Moonves, the 
1999 golf team had "more success than in 
recent years." Much of the success this year 
was due to a competitive ladder which 
produced many different top players 
throughout the spring. Most Valuable 
Player Charles Taylor '00 was one of the 
top 15 players in the League, and he and 
Jim Clair '00 will be returning next year to 
lead the team's "millennium club." 

Men's Tennis 

The 1999 men's tennis team improved 
greatly from last year and had an exciting 
season throughout. Cian O'Neill '00 
earned this year's most Valuable Player 
Award and will be returning to lead the 
team on to future successes. 

Women's Tennis 

Coach David Moore reports, "In my thir- 
ty-four years in the profession, I can't 
remember having as much fun coaching a 
sport as I have had this past season. Seldom 
does one find a team where everyone on it 
truly likes and enjoys being with everyone 
else on the squad." The season provided 
many memorable performances, with a 
final high point against Brooks as the team 
won 14-4, highlighted by senior Jessica 
Reed-Zaplin coming from behind to win 
her match. The team's final record of 4-8 
in the ISL and 5-9 overall reflected the 
competitive arena of the 13 teams in the 
ISL. The league recognized two GDA 
players, sophomore Jess Ross and junior 
Emily Dana, by naming them as honorable 
mentions to the All-League team. Ross 
also earned GDA's Most Valuable Player 
award. Seniors Polly Titcomb, Meghan 
McShane, Jessica Reed-Zaplin, and Jesse 
Lee will be missed next year, as freshman 
Melissa Bourque, sophomore Jess Ross, 
and juniors Emily Dana and Jamie Gilberg 
will carry on the team spirit and success. 

Track & Held 

The highlight of this year's track and field 
season 'was the opportunity to host the first 
home meet on the new state-of-the-art 
Samuel Huggins Track and the Barbara E 
Porter Field. The season proved to be chal- 
lenging for the young men's and women's 
teams, while many players did well in the 
individual events. Sophomore Nathan 
Efinger from Andover, MA was honored as 
the New England champion in the triple 
jump and 300 meter hurdles. Senior 
Patricia Nunez from Lawrence, MA was 
honored for her record-breaking feats in 
the discus event, and for her superb leader- 
ship as team captain. The GDA women's 
team finished their season placing third in 
the ISTA League and fifth in the New 
England Division II. 


With the departure of a large number of 
seniors last year, many gaps needed to be 
filled in GDA Softball's third season of 
competition. The overall 7-7 season was 
highlighted by a sweeping of Thayer and 
Middlesex and by a 16-7 win over the 
undefeated St. Paul's team. Coach Scott 
Larsen reports that with all but one grad- 
uating senior back next year, "the young 
team is on the rise." Special honors go to 
the 1999 Most Valuable Players Jesse 
Kendrick '01 and Emily Ouimette '01 for 
having a great season at the plate and bat- 
ting .600 for the Governors. Ouimette and 
Kendrick were All-League players and 
Melissa Kelleher '00 and Lindsay Gobin 
'00 earned honorable mentions. 


While succeeding in a mid-season win- 
ning streak of six out of seven games, this 
year's baseball team faced some tough 
competition throughout the spring. 
Senior Robert Sims of Lynn, MA was 
honored as Most Valuable Player for his 
outstanding play. Sims also earned the 
honor of being the top pitcher in the 16- 
school league. With 87 strike-outs during 
the season, he held the record for the state 
of Massachusetts, both public and private 
high school players. Out of 45 2/3 innings 
pitched, he gave up only 21 hits all season. 
Sims and Matt Lee '01 of San Mateo, CA 
were each awarded All-League status for 
their play this season, while Paul 
Morrissey '99 and Derek Falvey '01 were 
given All-League honorable mentions. 


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Season Records 





JV 11-2-0 

Men's Lacrosse 


JV 8-5-0 


Women's Lacrosse 10-4-1 

JV 5-11-0 

Men's Tennis 


JV 3-9-0 

Women's Tennis 


JV 1-9-0 



Men's Track 


Women's Track 


10 The Archon — Fall 1999 

Bragdon Night 

by Stuart Gilfillen '99 

For sixteen years the Bragdons have 
put aside what they were doing to pay trib- 
ute to the community. For one night this 
spring the community of Governor 
Dummer Academy put aside what they 
were doing to pay tribute to the Bragdons. 
Peter and Dottie Bragdon have stood for 
all that Governor Dummer represents: 
equality, friendship, compassion, and 
strength. They have seen this school grow 
and prosper and helped to usher in a new 
era at the Academy. 

On Bragdon Night last May, the 
school thanked them for all they have 
done. The evening started out with Big 
Pete being driven in a golf cart by student 
body president Joe Turner '99, and Mrs. 
Bragdon driven by senior class president 
Megan McShane '99, into the Alumni 
Gymnasium. There, Mr. Bragdon received a 
GDA hockey jersey with his number 11 
and last name on the back and Mrs. 
Bragdon received an embroidered blanket. 
They were both given crowns and a banner 
bearing the signatures of the majority of the 
student body — and the festivities began. 

The popular song "I will remember 
you" was played as a slide show ran, dis- 
playing photos of the Bragdons' time at 
GDA. There were clips of Big Pete cheer- 
ing on sports teams and students roaring 
with laughter at a joke that Mrs. Bragdon 
had just told. Attempting to follow an old 
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held photocopied pictures of Mr. and Mrs. Bragdon over their faces, to let the Bragdons 
know that everywhere they looked there was a little piece of them. 

The night continued on as people from the Bragdons' past came forward and recalled 
amazing and humorous stories in front of the community. Former assistant headmaster 
Larry Piatelli told a story of 
how once while teaching at the 
Kent School he and Mr. 
Bragdon had been taking their 
Varsity Hockey team to play an 
opposing school. Mr. Bragdon 
had forgotten the hockey jer- 
seys in his car so he told the bus 
driver to pull into a bowling 
alley and had told Mr. Piatelli 
to take the team bowling until 
he could get the jerseys. Mr. 
Piatelli did, and at the Varsity 
Banquet at the end of the year 
the hockey team presented Mr. 
Bragdon with a bowling ball they had stolen from the alley. 

Mr. Piatelli was not the only person to return with stories. Deke Fryburg '97 returned 
and spoke about how after he had critically injured himself in a hockey game Mr. Bragdon 
had come to visit him in the hospital. "He seemed more unhappy to see me in that bed 
than I did," Deke recalled. He also spoke of how his injury helped him get to know Mr. 
Bragdon and that the interaction he had with him was priceless. 

But probably the most moving description of what kind of people the Bragdons are 
was a story related by Elite Bill '98, a student who will live in infamy as the only student 
to have the fire trucks visit campus three times to extinguish her forgotten cookies. She 
spoke of a time in February when the campus was being covered by the usual February 
bleakness. There was a rumor of snow the next day and she begged Big Pete for a snow 
day. He agreed, on one condition: she had to appear on his doorstep at six o'clock the fol- 
lowing morning. Ellie talked of how she showed up and found a series of notes telling her 
that he had called a snow day at 5:30 and gone back to bed, but that she was welcome to 
come in and make cocoa. 

Students and faculty performed a number of humorous and touching skits, including 
Dean of Students Lynda Bromley as E.J. Darisse '99 during morning meeting. In a touch- 
ing show of affection the class of 2002 concluded the emotional evening with a display of 
signs that read "We love you Mr. Bragdon." 

The Archon — Fall 1 999 11 

on campus 

Harvard Honors Paul Wann 

The Harvard Club, sponsor of the Harvard Book Prize to deserving high school juniors, honored GDA this year by also including 
the Academy in its Teacher Recognition Award program. This is a privilege extended annually to only a handful of schools across the 
country, and an opportunity that GDA will not have again for at least a quarter century. 

Recognizing teachers "who inspire excellence and curiosity in students," the award is an honor bestowed on the individual by the 
school community. Students and faculty were invited to nominate one teacher by writing a brief citation of their qualifications. Academic 
Dean William Quigley explains, "It is a credit to all teachers at the Academy that so many were nominated by students and by their col- 
leagues, but one teacher inspired more than double the nominations of any other." 

The 1999 Harvard Teacher Award was given to English teacher Paul Wann. Since joining the faculty in 1985, his commitment to the 
wellbeing of this community has been boundless, as English teacher, lacrosse coach, dormitory parent and head, coordinator of the 
Humanities Program, member of the Discipline Committee, member of the Square One Committee and exemplar of our Mastery 
Program philosophy, faculty representative to the Board of Trustees, advisor to The Governor, and director of the Academy's theater pro- 
gram. Here, in his student's words, is one of the testimonies to his inspirational impact on the community: "He makes you smile, he makes 
you laugh, but most importantly he flat out makes you want to learn." 

New Faculty Bring Array of Talents to GDA 

Beverly Berton will be a part-time 
teacher in our mathematics department this 
year. She graduated cum laude from 
Plymouth State College with a bachelor's 
degree in chemistry and a minor in biology. 
She has taught math and science at the 
Landmark School in Prides Crossing, MA 
and at New Hampton School in NH. Most 
recently she has been working as a training 
manager for Arthur D. Little, Inc. in 
Cambridge, MA, designing curriculum and 
managing training programs for OSHA 

Geoffrey Brace comes to GDA as fine 
arts teacher. He received his bachelor's of 
science degree in art from the University of 
Wisconsin-Stout, with a concentration in 
art education and a studio emphasis in 
ceramics and printmaking. He earned a 
master's degree in education from Lesley 
College in Cambridge, MA. He has a wide 
variety of teaching experience, most recent- 
ly working in the Bridgewater, MA school 
district as art specialist, developing and 
implementing art curriculum, and as advisor 
to the school's drama program. Geoff is also 
involved in theater in the greater Newbury- 
port area. In addition to directing the activ- 
ities of the Youngman Gallery, Geoff will 
also be assisting Paul Wann in our drama 
program and serving as a dormitory parent 
in Eames dormitory. 

Elisabeth Larsen Campbell has been 
working as Assistant Director of Com- 
munications at GDA since March, and will 
be joining the teaching faculty this fall in the 
fine arts department. She graduated 
magna cum laude from Rosemont College 
with a degree in studio art/graphics, and 
worked for three years in New York as a pro- 
fessional graphic designer before moving to 
Newburyport. She currently designs many 
of the Academy's publications and will be 
bringing her expertise in this professional 
arena to her computer art students. 

Kathryn Fobert comes to GDA with a 
bachelor's degree in physics from the College 
of the Holy Cross, where she was a member 
of the Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor 
Society. She was a teaching fellow in physics 
at Phillips Andover this past year, and worked 
for their summer programs teaching math 
and science for minority students for the past 
three years. She will be teaching science at 
GDA and serving as a dormitory associate in 
Peirce Hall. 

Stephen Haley will be a part-time 
teacher in the English department this year. 
He holds a bachelor's in humanities from 
Bradford College and a master's in psychol- 
ogy from Lesley College. Having completed 
all but his dissertation, ABD, at the Pacifica 
Graduate Institute, Stephen is educated in 
the new techniques associated with psycho- 
logical therapy and counseling as facilitated 

through the specific use of theater and other 
performing arts. A resident of Newburyport, 
he has been involved in the theatre commu- 
nity in many ways, among them teaching at 
GDA's summer theater arts program. 

Bruce McCullough comes to GDA 
with almost 30 years of science teaching 
experience. Most recently he has been chair 
of the science department at the Storm King 
School in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY, where 
he taught environmental science and biology, 
was head dorm parent, and coordinated the 
community service program. Bruce is a grad- 
uate of the University of New Hampshire 
where he received both his bachelor's and 
master's in teaching degrees. He knows 
Governor Dummer well having previously 
been a participant in summer research proj- 
ects on our campus co-sponsored by the 
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Bruce 
will serve as head dormitory parent in 
Ingham dormitory. 

Roberta McLain has spent one year at 
GDA as biology teacher, dorm parent, and 
soccer, ice hockey, and lacrosse coach. This 
summer she replaces David Hudson (who is 
moving on after five years) as Director of 
Athletics and Director of Afternoon 
Programs. Prior to GDA, she spent. 13 years 
at Kimball Union Academy where she 
taught science, coached, and served for three 
years as Athletic Director. McLain graduated 
from Union College where she played 

12 The Archon — Fall 1999 


To Marilyn McKeen for 10 fantastic 
years of service as snack bar manager and 
function manager; 

To Stephanie Roaf for 10 spirited years 
in Food Services; 

To David Van Ness for 10 energetic 
years as math teacher, dorm parent and 

To Charlene Patten for her 15 years of 
dedicated service to the Academy, two 
years as secretary in the admissions office 
and for the last 13 as assistant to the chief 
financial officer; 

To Elizabeth Ruhl for 15 committed 
years as history and social sciences 
teacher and as school counselor; 

To Carol Sargent for her 19 years of 
loyal service to GDA's Food Services, as 
she heads off to well-earned relaxation 
and retirement; 

To Michael Moonves for 30 years of 
dedication in so many roles — history 
teacher, coach, dorm parent, director of 
admission, and his current work with 
alumni/ae as associate director of devel- 

And to Dick Leavitt for 35 loyal and 
hard-working years as math teacher, 
coach, dorm parent, and innumerable 
other activities. 

We congratulate and 
thank you! 

lacrosse, soccer, and ice hockey, and received 
her master's in biology from the University of 
New Hampshire. Bert's honors include: All 
American lacrosse player, coach of the New 
England lacrosse team Div. I, president of the 
New England Girls Lacrosse Association, and 
a member of the Executive Board of the US 
Women's Lacrosse Association. Bert and her 
husband Rodney, chair of the history depart- 
ment, live with their family in Moody House. 

Bao Nguyen comes to GDA's science 
department with a bachelor's degree in 
chemistry and mathematics and a master's in 
education from the University of Vermont. 
For the past eight years he has been teaching 
science and coaching soccer at Essex High 
School in Essex Junction, VT He formerly 
worked as a chemist for Wyeth Nutritionals, 
Inc. in Georgia, VT. Bao and his family will 
be living in Ingham where he will serve as a 
dormitory parent. 

Gretchen Scharfe '95 is no stranger 
to GDA. She graduated with honors in 
1995, having been a member of the varsity 
field hockey and lacrosse teams, Red Key, 
Honor Society, and the Ambrose Speaking 
Contest Winner. She attended Bowdoin 
College, where she played varsity field hock- 
ey and lacrosse, graduating with a bachelor's 
degree in sociology and a minor in educa- 
tion. She was head coach last fall for the 
United States Hockey Festival and has 
worked summers coaching at Merestead 

Sports Camps. She comes to GDA as an 
assistant in the office of the dean of students. 
She will teach a section in the history 
department, and will also continue her 
involvement in GDA athletics as head field 
hockey coach. 

Timothy Weir comes to GDA all the 
way from California. New Director of 
Student Activities, he will be working this 
year to develop residential life activities and 
coordinate them more closely with the rec- 
ommendations of the Student Life Review 
Committee. He graduated from Montclair 
State University in New Jersey with a bach- 
elor's in communications. He has a variety of 
coaching and teaching experience, most 
recendy serving as assistant athletic director, 
cross country and track and field coach, and 
health instructor in Santa Monica, CA. Tim 
and his family will be living this year in 
Peirce Hall. 

Megan Williams received her bache- 
lor's degree in mathematics from St. 
Lawrence University and recently has com- 
pleted her master's degree in general educa- 
tion there. She was also a member of St. 
Lawrence's varsity field hockey team. She has 
taught math and science and coached lacrosse 
in the Lisbon, NY school district. At GDA, 
she will be teaching math and coaching. 

Coming out of retirement and rejoining 
the faculty as a part-time member of the 
History department is Old Guard history 

master emeritus David Williams. David 
will be teaching three sections in the history 
department. For more than 40 years prior to 
his retirement, David served the Academy as 
master teacher, head of the History depart- 
ment, dean of students, dormitory parent in 
Eames, coach, mentor and friend to all. We 
are all lucky to once again have this oppor- 
tunity to work with him. 

Anne Connolly Potter is charter 
music director and conductor for the Cape 
Ann Symphony Youth Chorus. Prior to join- 
ing our faculty as vocal music teacher, she was 
the Director of Music at Rockport, MA 
Elementary School. With extensive experi- 
ence in music education K-12, she is also 
executive director of the Massachusetts Music 
Educators Association. She graduated magna 
cum laude from the University of New 
Hampshire with a bachelor's degree in music. 

Matthew Prunier '94 returns to GDA 
this year as Director of Parent Relations and 
Special Events.With a bachelor's degree from 
George Washington University, Matt brings a 
variety of experience in administration and 
technology to the work of the development 
office. Having worked part-time interview- 
ing candidates in GDA's admission office last 
year, Matt will use his familiarity with the 
school as he develops and expands parent 
programs and alumni/ae events. 

The Archon — Fall 1999 13 

Trustee News 


Alumni/ae trustee Ann K. McShea '82 is leaving the board after serving since May 1996. Recipient of the Academy Prize while 
at Governor Dummer, McShea attended Dartmouth College, earning a bachelor's degree in 1986, and the Wharton School of the 
University of Pennsylvania, graduating with a M.B.A. in 1993. McShea currently works as executive director of Nynex Global Systems 
in White Plains, NY. Her brother, Jo hn J. Rooney '78, and sister, Catherine Rooney '76, also attended GDA. McShea has served her 
alma mater as phonathon volunteer and class agent, and with three important years as a trustee, contributing her knowledge and insight 
in the communications industry to the Board's technology committee. We thank her for her many years of dedication and commit- 
ment to the Academy. 


Michael R. Porter P'96'99'01 was elected to the Board ofTrustees at the May 1999 meeting. He and his wife Denise are the par- 
ents ofKelley Porter '96, who is currently at Gettysburg College, Michael Porter, Jr. '99, who will attend Gettysburg this fall, and Samuel 
Porter '01. Porter graduated from St. John's Preparatory School and earned a bachelor's degree in business management from the 
University of Maine. He has been the president of a family-owned business, Porter International, since 1980. The company designs 
and manufactures industrial sewing machines and systems for the bedding, furniture, and automotive industries. Porter also serves the 
school as co-chairman of the annual parents' fund for GDA. He lives with his family in Ipswich, MA. 

At GDA, Kara Moheban McLoy, Esq. '88 earned the Academy Prize, the Columbia University Book Award, the Whittemore 
Award, and was a member of the Honor Society. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in history from Boston College, 
where she also played Division I Women's Lacrosse. She worked as a history teacher and assistant director of admission for GDA from 
1992 — 1994, also living in the dorms and coaching lacrosse. She earned her J.D. cum laude from Suffolk University Law School, where 
she was editor-in-chief of the Suffolk University Law Review from 1996-97 and earned the Law Faculty Outstanding Student Award at 
Commencement in 1997. She has served as judicial law clerk in the New Hampshire Supreme Court and judicial intern in the New 
Hampshire Superior Court. Currently, she is living in Boston and working for Sherburne, Powers, Holland & Knight, LLP. She joins 
the Board this year as an alumni/ae trustee. 

Development Developments 

The Bragdon Chair 

At the May 1999 Board ofTrustees meeting, the 25-member Board presented to the 
Bragdons, in appreciation for their 16 years of service, the Peter W Bragdon Chair. The $1.2 
million gift will establish the faculty chair as an honor for excellence in teaching at GDA. 

Alumnus of the Year 

Each year at Reunion, GDA honors an individual who has been 
especially steadfast in his efforts to be loyal to his alma mater. The 
1999 Alumnus of the Year Award was awarded to Joshua L. Miner IV 
'69 P'96'98. 

As a student Miner was a member of the Red Key, the Glee 
Club, and the Art Club. He was on the honor roll and played on var- 
sity teams in soccer, hockey and tennis. Since those days he has been 
unfailing in his loyalty to Governor Dummer. He has worked for and with his class in 
fundraising and in encouraging others to attend reunions. He has attended Academy events 
including alumni/ae and parent gatherings, Allies' golf tournaments, phonathons — you 
name it, he's there. 

His gifts to GDA over the years have been regular and generous — the most generous . 
of which enabled GDA to benefit from the presence of his children for seven years, from 
1992-98. During this time he was appointed a trustee of the Academy. Since his induction 
to the Board, he has made immense contributions, most notably through his leadership of 
two very important committees, the technology committee and the newly formed steer- 
ing committee that is looking into a major fund drive. 

Miner's role on the Board is a critical one and he carries his responsibility with pur- 
pose, modesty, and a sense of humor. He is a true friend of the school. 

Thanks a 

By Michelle Kunz, Director 
of Annual Giving 

This past year was a record- 
breaking year for the Annual Fund — 
first time in the school's history to top 
one million dollars! The 1998-99 
Annual Fund total was $1,056,29.46. 

Thank you to all of the contrib- 
utors and volunteers of the Academy 
who helped make this possible. We 
are not successful without your dedi- 
cation and continuous support. GDA 
alumni/ae also set a new record by 
giving more than $650,804, an 
crease of 1 1 percent from last year. 
On behalf of the students, teachers, 
and the rest of the GDA community, 
thank you once again. Your Annual 
Fund gifts truly do make a difference 
in the lives of the people at GDA. 

14 The Archon — Fall 1999 

C h 


el Talk 

by Joel Crawford '99 

Good morning. My name is Joel 
Crawford and it's a great privilege to speak 
to you today. I rise at this occasion to speak, 
not as a Republican, nor Democrat, but as 
an American. So here are some quick points 
for this essay: if you separate the word histo- 
ry you don't get his story (one s too short) 
and by accepting revisionist history as fact 
the point of learning history is lost, and as 
children of the future we should all listen. 
Here's the point. 

People are more likely to point out the 
flaws and problems of America, than what 
this great nation is founded on — her values 
and ideology, her history (good or bad), and 
her experience. Many of us in this chapel 
have cursed the government and America 
for what she has done. I was fond of the 
statement that America was founded by 
rich white landowners that didn't want 
to pay taxes. That statement is not 
entirely true, nor is it entirely false. 
More Americans today are ashamed 
of what this country has done than 
proud of what she has endured. 
Americans have made mistakes, but 
we can correct these problems and 
mend the flaws in America. How can 
we solve our difficulties? By learning 
from history, and using our knowledge of 
it to create change. 

Americans have fought, bled, cried and 
died for what she is today. Great patriots have 
given more to this country than just wealth 
and prosperity. They have lead with courage 
and unwavering strength, even before the 
United States was formed. Americans have 
fought against the status quo to achieve an 
idea of what is good and proper. 

Abraham Clark, a signer of the 
Declaration of Independence from New 
Jersey, gave two sons to the revolutionary 
army's office ranks. During the New York 
Champagne both were captured and sent to 
the "Hell Ship Jersey," a prison hulk in New 
York harbor where 1 1 ,000 Americans died. 
The younger Clarks were intentionally 
starved and beaten because their father was a 
patriot. The British gave Clark an option: his 
sons were to be freed if he crossed to 
England, and before God, King and 
Parliament, recant and declared loyalty to the 
crown. No one could have blamed him if he 

had accepted the offer. The sheer pain and 
distress in his heart must have been unbear- 
able, the torment of his very soul echoes 
from the past and can be felt today in the 
hearts of mothers and fathers whose children 
wage war in Kosovo. His answer was "No." 
Of the 56 men who signed the declara- 
tion five were imprisoned and beaten. 
Several men lost their beloved wives to the 
British; one man lost 13 children. All were 
hunted and marked with a bounty and driv- 
en from their homes. Twelve signers had 
their houses and lands razed to the ground. 
Seventeen lost everything that they built 

"We can solve 

our difficulties... by 

learning from history, 

and using our 

knowledge of it to 

create change." 

throughout their lives. But not one went 
against his solemn oath. 

In the 1860's America waged its blood- 
iest war and most hate-filled conflict. It was 
in order to preserve what she stood for. 
Thousands of men fell at Antietem, 
Vicksburg, Bull Run, the Wilderness and 
Gettysburg. For what? America. Great armies 
and brilliant generals fought side by side to 
protect her, then they fought to preserve her. 
Brother against brother, neighbor versus 
neighbor — America survived and moved on 
into the future. 

Yet in the 1870's America did not five 
up to her ideals, goals and values. She did 
commit a crime far greater that the suppres- 
sion of rights; she extinguished them. Indian 
heritage and culture was purged from with- 

in her borders never to be recovered, single- 
handedly the darkest chapter in U.S. history. 
In the 1920s women raised from their 
position in life and cried out from the injus- 
tice and persecution of America. With sister- 
hood and a need for equality they tore down 
the wall of separation and gallantly strove for 
their goals, risking everything they had or 
wanted for others. 

In 1940s America rose up to triumph 
over fascism, hate and fear. Tens of thousands 
fell at Omaha and Utah Beaches, The Bulge, 
Iwo Jima, Peleliu, Palau and Okinawa fight- 
ing for what was thought to be right. 

In the 1960s Martin Luther King bat- 
tled the most vile and base aspect of 
American history, what can be called 
American apartheid. He waged a civilized 
and peaceful campaign, that resulted in a 
better America for whites and blacks. 
In the 1980's through today, 
another group of Americans battle for 
equality, gays. All are prevented in 
one form or another the most basic 
rights of every American, freedom. 
Rights preserved by the constitution 
are not given to gay couples. 

Why the History lesson you're 
asking yourself? Well, I will tell you: with 
some exceptions to our international stu- 
dents, every single person here will have the 
right to cast a ballot and exercise the rights 
guaranteed by the Constitution of the 
United States. And regardless of your nation- 
ality, these events point to one thing every- 
one should have: freedom. It is our job as 
Americans to safeguard our rights and pre- 
vent them from being revoked. It is our job 
to use the past history to shape the future 
and prevent atrocities from happening. It is 
not our job to prevent genocide in Kosovo; 
it's our obligation. 

A nation founded on courage and 
honor makes America a proud nation, but 
what makes her a great nation is not that she 
has changed and learned from her mistakes, 
but that she continues to change and evolve 
into a better place for everyone. Rarely do 
good things happen on their own. A build- 
ing is only as good as its foundation, so take 
a look at it and try to repair the cracks and 
build a better future. 

The Archon — Fall 1999 15 

Campus Responds to Kosovo 

The Ultimate Catch-22 

By English teacher Chris Rokous 

As I grade a batch of sophomore essays 
discussing the common echoes of an assort- 
ment of WWI poems and Erich Maria 
Remarque's novel, All Quiet on the Western 
Front, I am abruptly confronted with the 
military conflict in Kosovo. On March 23, 
1999, peace talks having failed, NATO 
authorized air strikes against the forces of 
Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. 
Yugoslavia promptly declared a state of 
emergency — its first since World War II — 
and the world was at war again. 

It seemed almost like a glorified com- 
puter game to me at first — high-tech 
beyond belief with terms such as "smart 
bomb," and "surgical strike," and "satellite 
imagery" littering the news, but I'm begin- 
ning to get anxious as I hear about hun- 
dreds of more war planes en route and find 
the phrase "American ground troops" 
assaulting my ears with greater frequency. 

As the sophomores "well know having 
just completed an interdisciplinary WWI 
Literature/History project, war is hell, espe- 
cially to those people who have experi- 
enced its utter terror first hand. Joseph 
Heller's masterful WWII novel, Catch-22, 
supplies for me the functional phrase by 
which I view the Kosovo Crisis. 

As explained in the novel of the same 
name, Catch-22 "specified that a concern 
for one's own safety in the face of dangers 
that were real and immediate was the 
process of a rational mind. Orr [a bomber 
pilot] was crazy and could be grounded. All 
he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, 
he would no longer be crazy and would 
have to fly more missions. Orr would be 
crazy to fly more missions and sane if he 
didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. 
If he flew them he was crazy and didn't 

have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane 
and had to" {Catch-22, page 40). Here's the 
clincher: the military brass kept increasing 
the number of required missions. No small 
wonder that soldiers questioned their sanity. 

How far does the conflict in Kosovo 
have to expand before we realize that 
there's no turning back and are forced to 
expand it further? A classic Catch-22 situa- 
tion is developing. Do we have to experi- 
ence the horror of war first hand before we 
can truly appreciate that war is a horrific 
experience? What if NATO had done 
nothing at all? 

Weather permitting, American aircraft 
and other launch systems delivered another 
round of devastation while we slept last 
night. Still, Slobodan Milosevic's regime 
continues its unrepentant campaign of ter- 
ror. According to yesterday's New York Times 
(4/12/99) the "flow of refugees across 
Serbian borders has stopped," and "tens of 
thousands who had been backed up in 
Kosovo have disappeared." Disappeared. 
Gone. 50 villages in Kosovo have been set 
afire by Serbian forces since Saturday. The 
more we bomb, the more the conflict 
which prompted us to bomb intensifies. 
Catch-22. Hundreds of thousands of people 
have been forced from their homes; many 
have vanished without a trace; a large num- 
ber have been killed already; countless 
women have been raped. 

I find the phrase "Kosovo Crisis" tragi- 
cally inadequate to describe what's happen- 
ing. As most of you know, WWI began in 
the Balkans, the result of a political crisis. I 
trust that world leaders will prevent the 
present "crisis" in the Balkans from acceler- 
ating any further; I hope that this so called 
"mission of peace" will prove successful. The 

alternative is frightening. I often look to lit- 
erature for answers or some sort of solace. 

I am reminded of the response made 
by the King of Brobdingnag in Part II of 
Gulliver's Travel's, upon hearing from 
Gulliver the historical account of European 
affairs in the 17th century, ostensibly a his- 
tory of conflict and war in which increas- 
ingly more sophisticated weaponry made 
killing more efficient. Soon after Gulliver 
offers him the secret of gunpowder, the 
king says "I cannot but conclude the bulk 
of your natives to be the most pernicious 
race of little odious vermin that nature ever 
suffered to crawl upon the surface of the 
earth" (GT, 107). How flattering! Later in 
the book, Gulliver gave the leader of a race 
of supremely rational horses a fairly com- 
plete account of modern European warfare. 
The leader replied with repugnance. As 
recorded by Gulliver, he said, "When a 
creature pretending to reason could be 
capable of such enormities, he dreaded lest 
the corruption of that faculty might be 
worse than the brutality itself. He seemed 
therefore confident, that instead of reason, 
we were possessed of some quality fitted to 
our natural vices" (GT, 200). 

The thrust of Jonathan Swift's satire is 
clear even today: war is irrational. That sen- 
timent notwithstanding, the 20th century 
will go down in history as one of the 
bloodiest — tens of millions of people killed 
or wounded, and countless others scarred 
by sacrifice and strife. Why? Again, I return 
to literature for answers. 

In contemplating man's inclination to 
engage in violence, Sigmund Freud once 
suggested that "our fellow-citizens have not 
sunk so low as we feared, because they had 
never risen so high as we believed" 

16 The Archon — Fall 1999 

This spring the GDA community felt the impact of the war in Kosovo in many significant ways. 
Chapel talks touched on the issues; conversations in classrooms and the dining commons wound 
their way beyond Byfield toYugoslovia. Students rallied around the issue by wearing yellow ribbons 
earned by donations to refugees. One Friday was "jeans day"; the standard GDA dress code was lifted as those 
who wore yellow ribbons could also wear blue jeans. In their final history class assessment, ninth graders' sought 
to use their knowledge of the Holocaust to understand the crisis in Kosovo. Student Council President foe Turner 
'99 explained: "We rallied around the crisis in Kosovo; we were proud to be helping those who needed help. " 

(Thoughts on War and Death). Call him cyn- 
ical, or maybe just realistic, but Freud sup- 
poses to have identified man's essential 
nature: depraved. He wrote in 1915 before 
the conflict we now call WWI had escalat- 
ed to that scale: "Then the war in which we 
had refused to believe broke out . . . not 
only is it more sanguinary (bloody) and 
more destructive than any war of other days 
. . . but it is at least as cruel, as embittered, as 
implacable as any that preceded it. ... It 
tramples in blind fury on all that comes in 
its way, as though there were to be no 
future and no goodwill among men after it 
has passed. It rends all bonds of fellowship 
between the contending peoples, and 
threatens to leave such a legacy of embit- 
terment as will make any renewal of such 
bonds impossible for a long time to come" 
(Thoughts on War and Death). It got much 
worse before it got better. War begets war; 
as Freud suggests, the tendency for violence 
always exists. 

William Golding reached the same 
conclusion in his allegory Lord of the Flies, 
the story of a group of British school boys 
marooned on a desert island as another 
great war breaks out. Golding contends that 
man is naturally wicked and congenitally 
evil. He suggests that it is only the thinnest 
veneer of civilization that separates most 
men from savagery. 

Not surprisingly, the peace negotiated 
in the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of 
the eleventh month" of 1918 that ended 
WWI did not last. A new round of hostili- 
ties broke out as the next generation came 
of age in the wasteland left in the wake of 
WWI. War broke out in Europe and in the 
Pacific and the world offered up its sons for 
battle again. KurtVonnegut helps us to real- 

ize the horrors of war while simultaneous- 
ly allowing us to laugh at some of the 
absurd situations it can generate in his 
novel, Slaughter- House Five. 

The most bitter and profound event in 
Vonnegut's novel is the bombing of Dresden. 
Dresden was a culturally invaluable city 
which had no ties with the German war 
effort, yet it was bombed by the Allies as a 
stimulus for the Germans to surrender. Kurt 
Vonnegut's use of humor and irony forces 
the reader to become nauseated by the 
countless and unnecessary deaths. We come 
to despise war just as much asVonnegut.And 
now NATO is reducing Belgrade to ruble. 
What's next? 

Can I do anything about the "Crisis in 
Kosovo?" I don't know whether any of us 
can. I am pleased, however, to see a number 
of yellow ribbons around school. I'm com- 
forted to find others thinking about the 
atrocities committed in Kosovo. Apparently, 
many of us disagree with Freud and Golding. 
Let's pray that we are right and that 
Milosevic is just an aberration, and a short 
lived one at that! 

Why am I speaking to you today? I 
guess I'm just trying to make sense of a 
world on the edge of war as it approaches a 
new millennium, a world with the capacity 
to destroy itself. Your world. You can pre- 
vent catastrophe. The first step is to under- 
stand its origin. Fortunately, we can find 
answers in great literature, particularly satir- 
ical 'works, works intended to show us our 
follies and our vices in the hope that our 
behavior will be guided by our understand- 
ing of what it means to be fully human. 

As for me, if I couldn't laugh at myself 
and the folly of mankind, I would probably 
be reduced to tears. 

A challenge: 

Below we've included questions from 
the 1999 freshman history (Heritage 
and Identity) final exam. Good luck! 

1. Outline the major geographical 
features of Yugoslavia (Kosovo), and 
explore how these features have helped 
shape the tensions and rivalries that 
exist between Yugoslavia and Kosovo, 
and the Balkan nations as a whole. 

2. Describe the relationship of 
the government to the people of 
Yugoslavia, incorporating each of 
the following terms in your essay: nat- 
ural rights, absolute power, state of 
nature, common welfare, dictator. 

3. Many people, including Bill 
Clinton, NATO spokespersons, and 
journalists from both the U.S. and 
Europe, have compared recent 
events in Kosovo to the Holocaust in 
Germany during the 1930's and 
1940's. Identify the similarities and 
differences between the two situa- 
tions. In your opinion, is it appropriate 
to discuss the Kosovo crisis as a 
"Holocaust?" Have comparisons 
between Hitler and Milosevic influ- 
enced the way the U.S. has responded? 

4. Bringing to bear your under- 
standing of Geography, Civics, 
Japan, and Facing History and 
Ourselves, what do you think the U.S.'s 
role should be in helping to bring an 
end to the conflict between Yugoslavia 
and Kosovo? Why or why not should 
the U.S. be interested in this part of the 
world and resolving this crisis? 

The Archon — Fall 1999 17 



One year ago, I was sitting in my office, minding 


my owAj^iifiness when a long-time friend and 

of the 

current ISL Head called to ask me if I was inter- 

ested in applying for the headmasters position at 

Governor Dummer Academy. I was beginning my 

twenty-fifth year at the Lawrenceville School. My 


job as Dean of Students was interesting and chal- 

lenging. I worked with wonderful colleagues... 

18 The Archon — Fall 1999 

The Archon — Fall 1999 19 

eadmaster's message 

I felt a part of the landscape. Patty was equal- our visits was very real and powerful. There 

ly entrenched and fulfilled at the Chapin was a human scale to the buildings. The 

School, a local K— 8 independent school. She spaces were bright, attractively designed and 

was the curriculum coordinator and also taught mindful of regional architecture. The faculty 

fifth grade and language arts. Our children were and student body exuded a warmth and 

happily progressing through the local schools. I friendliness characteristic of a small, intimate 

knew virtually nothing about GDA except school that had a clear sense of purpose, 

that it was a school with a curious name. People seemed genuinely proud to be a part 

Headmastering had never been a career objec- of the institution and were eager to say so. 

tive. Moving away from friends and family was They were anxious to preserve the distin- 

not an especially high priority. I thanked my guishing elements of GDA but also looked to 

friend for this vote of confidence, but told the future with confidence and enthusiasm, 

him I was very comfortable with my current Simply put, it was a place where we could see 

situation. I went back to planning my our family relocating. 

Economics syllabus. However, this was all in the abstract. 

Five months later, Patty and I walked While moving creates a great opportunity to 

out of the Mansion House with an offer to purge years of accumulated household clut- 

be the twenty-seventh headmaster of ter, it is also a disruptive and mildly traumat- 

Governor Dummer Academy. When our dis- ic experience for all the principals. One that 

cerning middle child became aware of this highlights the unspoken fears that reside in 

development he posed the question, some- one's consciousness. Were our perceptions of 

what inelegantly: Why are you doing this? the Governor Dummer accurate? Did we 

Fair question. Why would we uproot our make the correct choice? Our first few weeks 

family from a place where we felt connected at GDA helped to answer these questions, 

and invested? At approximately 1:00 a.m. on July 1st, 

Humans are affiliative creatures. We all having traveled through virtually every major 

wish to be part of something bigger, better highway construction project from New 

and more important than ourselves. Given Jersey to Massachusetts, Patty, the twins and I 

our positive experience at Lawrenceville, we rolled into Byfield. Our three older boys had 

would only have considered relocating if a driven up earlier in the day with former 

unique situation presented itself. The sense of GDA teacher Jim Adams. We went to Dick 

community that we detected at GDA during Leavitt's house to retrieve this trio and found 

20 The Archon — Fall 1999 

"The sense of community that we 

detected at GDA during our visits 

was very real and powerful." 

Dan'l, our 11 -year-old, and Mike Moonves 
in front of the TV, shoulder to shoulder, both 
comfortably asleep on the couch with the 
Home Shopping Network droning in the 
background. It looked and felt suspiciously 
like home already. 

That next morning dawn broke and 
the skies opened with the first rain all sum- 
mer. We had discarded almost two dump- 
sters worth of possessions before we left 
New Jersey, but clearly, we were not ruth- 
less enough. The venerable Mansion House 
had the look of a UPS warehouse. Boxes, 
boxes everywhere. 

We had been cautioned about the mos- 
quitoes but naively considered most of the 
warnings hyperbole. By the end of the first 
week, Andrew, our 13-year-old, looked like a 
chicken pox victim. The word swarm was no 
longer an abstraction. Off and Cutters quick- 
ly became grocery store staples. 

In one of my first official acts, I arranged 
to meet with retired faculty member, Art 
Sager. I had been told that this would be an 
uplifting experience and I wasn't disappoint- 
ed. Almost as an aside, Art mentioned that he 
had been an Olympian and that his book on 
public speaking had resulted in trips to 
more than thirty countries. He was expan- 
sive and eloquent when talking about "his 
boys" and about the honor of being part of 
the GDA faculty. 

Watching the GDA staff in operation 
during our first month in residence was 
instructive. The campus is anything but tran- 
quil during the summer months. Ambitious 
summer programs — athletic camps, drama 
groups, academic enrichment programs and 
corporate functions — generate constant activ- 
ity, while the regular regime of deferred main- 
tenance projects, dormitory renovations, facul- 
ty moves, groundskeeping, financial audits and 
summer mailings keep the rest of the crew 
hopping. The GDA staff is extraordinary in 
terms of their commitment, competence and 

A steady stream of faculty colleagues 
(usually on their way to or returning from 
Maine), have stopped by the office or the 
house to say hello. Their visits have been 
helping this rookie headmaster better under- 
stand the history of GDA. They have shared 
their hopes and dreams for this school. 

In short, seeing and experiencing is 
believing. The Governor Dummer commu- 
nity is as welcoming, vibrant and genuine as 
we could have ever hoped. We anxiously 
await the return of students, and the oppor- 
tunities to meet alumni/ae, so we can fully 
immerse ourselves in GDA's rich community. 

U* V\. lArgj^H fy\. 

The Archon — Fall 1999 21 


The day before graduation, recent 
graduates and many of this year's GDA 
family gathered under the hot noon sun to 
celebrate the life of Brendan Oreto '98 who 
died in a car crash last December. With 
tributes by Headmaster Bragdon, English 
teacher Dick Searles, Ryan Shelley '98, 
Beth Pilington '98, John Ferrara P'98, 
Robyn O'Reilly '98, and Brendan's father 
Tony Oreto, over 200 people took the 
opportunity to reflect together on the 
impact Oreto had and will continue to 
have on so many at GDA. The group plant- 
ed a tree on campus, commemorating it 
with a plaque reading, "A Precious Gift: 
Brendan L. Oreto Gave Love and Human 

Jesse Soursourian, Morse Flag recipient, and his family 

The school's Baccalaureate Service, 
held in the Moseley Chapel on June 3, 
included an invocation by senior class 
president Megan McShane '99, instrumen- 
tal and vocal music by many members of 
the class of '99 — including a rousing ver- 
sion of Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd, a guest 
address by parent Richard Kelleher (father 
of Caroline '99 and Elizabeth '01), a reflec- 
tion by senior Paul Morrissey '99, and the 
benediction by Dottie Bragdon. 

Many graduates were honored at the 
awards ceremony the evening before grad- 
uation. Along with many awards to out- 
standing underclassmen, notable recogni- 
tion was given to the following seniors. 

Spring inductees to the Cum Laude Society: (top from left) Kirsten S. Johnsen, Andrew M. 
Therriault, James C. Mazareas, Lindsay B. Gadd, C. Courtland Gilbert, Sarah B. Willeman, 
Courtney L. George, Brittany T. Perham, Eunjung Ahn, Patricia G. Waters, Timothy M. Chase, 
(bottom from left) Richard R. Binelli, Christina C. Coppolino, Jesse M. K. Soursourian, Jesse W. 
Garth, Joann C Nguyen 

* Awards * 













SPECIAL PRIZES: " the students who contribute to the strength of the Academy." 




22 The Archon — Fall 1999 


Seventy-eight students from as far away as 

Korea and Guatemala and as near 


Newburyport and Haverhill graduated on June 4, 1999 at GDA's 

236th Commencement. Under the warmth of the spring sun, the 

graduates held their mortarboards in the brisk breeze, jumped over 

the Milestone wall, and celebrated their graduation along with 

Headmaster Peter Bragdon. 

The Archon — Fall 1999 23 

uates . . . 

Senior Mike Moore '99 addressed the entire student body at one of 
the year's final school assemblies with the following advice: 

Freshmen, I consider you to be the luckiest Juniors, by this time of year you might feel as 

group of people in this room. You still have 
three more years at this academy, three more 
years to develop. Throughout the upcoming 
years you will see the people whom you know 
and trust develop into the most amazing people 

though you have aged five years since 
September; I know that I did. I remember the 
all night study groups and the seemingly end- 
less line of papers, quizzes and tests. Come June 
fifth, you will feel that you have accomplished 

in the world. Don't take it for granted; three the impossible, that you have just reached the 

years seems like a long time but it flies by. Before pinnacle of Mount Everest. You will be proud 

you know it you will be weeping with your of yourself and you will have every right to be. 

friends reminiscing about freshman year. A little The Class of 2000 has a special responsibility, 

warning though: this year has been somewhat You will be the first graduating class of Mr. 

of an adjustment period for all of you. Next Doggett s career.You have to set the tone for the 

year you will not be allowed the excuse of "I'm next ten to twenty years at this Academy. It rests 

only a freshman." Next year is also when you on your shoulders to continue the great tradi- 

decide if you are going to leave something tion that has been established at this school.You 

behind and if so, what will it be. Will you enrich are a great class filled to the brim with extraor- 

the Academy by expressing yourself through art dinary people. One more year is all you have 

or sports or even being a great friend, or will together, so make it one to remember, 
you be known as the burn-out, or worse yet, 

will you be forgotten. Next year is when you Seniors, friends, what can I say? We've been 

decide in reality how you will live your life. through it all. There is only a very short time 

together. I received a call from my brother last 
Sophomores, it has probably been a sort of night while writing this and he talked about 
awkward year for you. While you have been so brotherhood and how that is unbreakable and 
busy finding your niche, you might have he hit the nail right on the head. He said 
noticed that the rest of the world just kind of through thick and thin we will always be broth- 
overlooked you. You are the proverbial middle ers and that is what we all are. Ten years from 
child. But it's all right because you have been now I will remember each and every one of 
busy, you know who your friends are, and you you.You are the most amazing group of people 
know who you are. You know what teachers I will ever know. We've taught each other how 
you like and what dorm you want to live in. to love, how to learn, and how to live. I have 
You've grown accustomed to the loving sar- compared our high school career to a baseball 
casm and humor that is so unique in our little game: we made it to first, no problem; second 
society. You, although you might not realize it, and third was a little tougher; but now we are 
have taken your first step into adulthood. For sliding home with the force of a locomotive, A 
you freshmen and sophomores, get to know locomotive with over 200 years of momentum 
Boots if you haven't already. He's the old man so built up. Nothing can stop us. I look at your 
hard at work every morning. He has knowl- faces and I see leaders, I see changers, I see beau- 
edge far beyond our years and a kindness about ty and strength. We as a class will change the 
him that only a true gentleman with a heart of world, and by god, I hope they're ready for us 
gold could have. because we're coming and we can't be stopped. 

Taylor Liske 
Memorial Run 

For the second year, members of the GDA 
community gathered in the early morning 
light of a beautiful graduation day to 
honor the memory of beloved teacher 
Taylor Liske. Over 60 runners and walkers 
met at the Milestone to travel four miles 
in the quiet of the 6:00 a.m. sunrise. 
Organized last year by Peter Wesson '98, 
Dan Muxie '00, and former teacher Lee 
Farrell, the memorial run celebrates the 
life of GDA teacher Liske who died in the 
summer of 1997. This year, Muxie and 
English teacher Jeannette Sedgewick led 
the raising of over $200 in donations to a 
charity in honor of Liske, by selling t-shirts 
designed by Muxie. Attended by former 
faculty, including Jennifer Liske and 
Farrell, current faculty, students, and grad- 
uates, the run was a time of celebration 
and remembrance. 

24 The Archon — FaU 1999 

"For all too many successful Americans, 

the great problem these days ... is a sense 

of being disconnected, of not being 


a part of anything larger.' 

- Commencement speaker David Halberstam 

A journalistic jack-of-all-trades, David Halberstam is also an excellent historian and sports writer, 
whose 16 books include studies of the Eisenhower years and of baseball and basketball. Selections 
from Halberstam's address follow. 

Because I graduated from high school 
in the middle of this century, exactly 
48 years ago, I thought I would begin 
by comparing the America when I graduat- 
ed to the one that awaits you. No country has 
changed so dramatically in this century as 
ours, and that change — driven as it is by the 
ferocious force of technology — will continue 
in your lives, at an ever-accelerating rate. 

That America was a small, comparative- 
ly sleepy nation still adjusting to its new 
superpower status. There were about 145 
million people in the nation then, slightly 
more than half of today's population. The 
Civil Rights revolution was still to come, and 
America in all things acted as if it was still a 
completely white nation. It was the height of 
the worst of the Cold War. Someone who 
made $5,000 a year was solidly ensconced in 
the middle class. There was no women's 

There were, I think, only about two com- 
puters in the entire country, and they both 
belonged to the Defense Department. 
Traveling the Information Highway meant 
staying up into the early morning reading. Life 
was considerably tamer; the social pressures on 
the young far less intense. Drugs barely exist- 
ed. My God was I — were we — square. 

There is a quality of innocence to that 
country which seems quite striking these 
days. The succeeding 48 years, many of them 
extremely volatile, have been very good to 
America. We are a nation in many ways 
blessed . . . The truth today, which I suspect 

you already know but about which you 
should be reminded, is that you are among 
the very fortunate of the world. You have 
been given the start of a priceless education 
at a critical and exciting time when an entire- 
ly new kind of economy beckons.You live at 
a time when education more than ever 
begets an economic advantage . . . 

At GDA, you have been part of a rare 
community here where the intellectual 
process is valued, not just for what it can do 
for you economically but as an end in itself. 
Your teachers have shown you that learning 
is not just a tool to bring you higher SATs 
and a better income; learning is an ongoing, 
never ending process designed to bring you a 
fuller and richer life, to help you understand 
the people around you, the world around 
you, the events around you — and to help you 
understand yourself. You have been given a 
bridge to one of the great pleasures in the 
world, the ability to enjoy the life of the 

The education you have just received 
adds greatly to one of the most inherent of 
American rights — one which we often take 
for granted, but which does not so readily 
exist elsewhere: the right to choose. In this 
country, ordinary people have the right to 
reinvent themselves to become the person of 
their dreams. We have the right to choose: to 
choose if we so want, any profession, any 
venue, any name. So as you go off to college, 
you face many choices . . . your first tentative 
acts of personal freedom. 

But freedom does not come without 
burden and without responsibility — how do 
we handle the burden of being responsible for 
our destinies? We have after all in this country 
an inalienable right to life, liberty and the pur- 
suit of happiness. We are not guaranteed hap- 
piness — merely the pursuit of it ... 

For all too many successful Americans, 
the great problems these days are often not 
economic ones — not ones of affluence and 
earning power, but of something quite differ- 
ent and perhaps more troubling. The great 
problem is a sense of being disconnected, of 
not being a part of anything larger, and of 
wondering as their lives progress and their 
material success mounts, what the purpose of 
their lives really is . . . 

Let me suggest that you work hard to 
figure out the truths of your own hearts in 
the months and years immediately ahead. For 
more than anything else you will be making 
choices about what is good for you. Do not 
try and dazzle others, try instead to stay true 
to yourself. The choice is not about what will 
one day bring you the biggest salary and the 
biggest house, but what makes you feel com- 
plete and happy and makes you feel — for this 
is no small thing — like a part of something 
larger than yourself, a part of a community. 
. . . Choose wisely in the days ahead. Accept 
responsibility for your choices and your lives. 
Your life is a great gift and so is this Governor 
Dummer education: use them both wisely. 

The Archon — Fall 1999 25 



Don Stockwell '3 9, Alice Stockwell, 

loin Tenney '3 9, Eutiy Icnuey, 

John Klotz '39, Peggy Daly 


Lisa Mqffei '94, Mike Foster '94, 

Noelia Kuaternik '94, Nicole Whelan 

'94, and Brendan Forrest '94 

reconnect and celebrate their fifth. 


Hugh Friedman '84, Kim Grillo '84, 

Dottie Bragdon, Betsy Tuthill Farrell '84 

26 The Archon — Fall 1999 

Jeff Gordon '69, John Williams '69, 

TimTenney '69, Joe Mclntire '69, John 

O'Leary '69, and Fred Lylc '69 

prepare for their cycling iaiint lo 

Phtm Island. 

It WciSn t JUSt the fact that Reunion Weekend coincided with the party 
honoring Peter and Dottie Bragdon. Nor was it just that the rhododendrons were 
in full bloom, and the sun shone brightly, and brisk cumulus clouds sailed above the marshes. 
It was more than the fact that it was Art Sager's last Glee Club reunion concert, and probably 
only a few recent reunion classes were trying to live up to the musician Prince's song from the '80s: "We're 
going to party like it's 1999." No, while all these attributes certainly contributed to the success of the weekend, there was something 
more to the last reunion of the century. It all came down to the people. From the concentrated faces of the runners at the starting line of the 
Tots'Trot 200m race to the harmony of voices ringing through the chapel windows and the conversing friends beneath the Field House tents, 
the people who returned to Byfield last June were what made the weekend so memorable. 

The Archon — Fall 1999 27 





A A M 


8Mk • / 

w n 

Dana Atchley '59 s work is "helping us 
create and share our stories..." 

Reunion Pie Race Competitors 

gather: Adam Barton '89, Tim 

O'Keefe '94, llseAbusamra 

'93, Gill Watt, Ian Fitch '19, 

Troy Dagres '79, John Derlowski 

'79, Stu Cowley '79, Bruce 

Lindsay '79, Courtney Wang 

'74. second ronr.Savannah 

Cheshire, Abby Karin, Natalie 

Watt, Tarn Karin, Matthew 

Karin, Andrew Dagres 

bottom photo: 

John Wbodhall, Karia Skinder, 

Rick Atwood, and Tim Statler 

of the class of '74 

Saturday morning brought an athletic 
bunch of alums participating in the 
18th Annual Reunion Pie Race, hosted 
by GDA cross-country coach David Abusamra, 
followed by a special interactive theatrical 
performance by Dana Atchley '59. 

Featured in such national media as the 
magazine Design Graphics, Atchley incorpo- 
rates multimedia into his career of profession- 
al story telling and performance art. Seated on 
a stump beside a video log fire, Atchley 
brought his audience through the darkness 
into an intimate look at his life, at history and 
at the joys and experiences we all share. As he 
explains, his work is "helping us create and 
share our stories for those who care." Check 
out his website at 

Moseley Chapel was soon overflowing 
with singers and audience enjoying the final 
Glee Club concert led by Art Sager (see Then 
& Now, inside front cover). Later that after- 
noon, the Annual Meeting of the Alumni/ae 
honored those classmates who had died over 
the past year, including a special tribute to Mac 
Murphy, faculty member from 1931 to 1974. 

Reunion Prizes were then awarded. Jim 
Gardiner '23 was recognized as the eldest 
alumnus present, while the Class of 1949 
walked away with both the Reunion Class 
Prize for the greatest participation in the 
Annual Fund, and the Reunion Class Bowl 
for the largest dollar total to the Annual Fund. 

This year's Alumnus/a of the Year Award 
was given to Joshua Miner IV '69 (see page 
14 for details). 

The sunny afternoon allowed time for 
many athletic and social endeavors: reminisc- 
ing with friends and former teachers; partic- 
ipating in softball, tennis and golf matches; 
touring the new Pescosolido Library and 
Math-Science Center; cruising the Newburyport 
Harbor as a member of the Class of '49; or 
cycling as the Class of '69 through the back 
roads out to Plum Island beaches. Yet, all 
seemed rested and in high spirits for the 
enthusiastic celebration for Peter and Dottie 
Bragdon that evening. 

28 The Archon — Fall 1999 

Kristin White, Jim Shaw '74, Bill Rudow '14 


Coach Abusamra looks on as a determined Natalie 
Watt leaves the starting line 


Brian Marsh '59, Fergjanseu '59, Julie Bailey, 

Rick Friend '59, Carolyn Bird, Geoff Lewis, 

Courtney Bird '59,TopperTerhune '59 

Jim Gardiner and his father Jim Gardiner '23 

The Class of 1949 (bottom left) enjoys Sunday 
morning at the farm of classmate Gordon and 
Susan Price in Boxford, MA (Ingalsby Farm) 

(bottom right) Peter Bragdon, Janet Rollins, 
Haskell Rhett '54 

The Archon — Fall 1999 29 

Hundreds of alumni/ae and friends of the 
Academy gathered on a bright sunny 
evening during Reunion last June to honor 
the dedication with which Peter and Dottie Bragdon 
have served GDA over the last 16 years. Starting with 
hors d'oeuvres on the Pescosolido Field House patio, 
reuners caught up with old friends as trustees, facul- 
ty, staff and other friends celebrated the end of 1999 s 
academic year. Thanks to the leadership of Jane 
Rothwell P'97'00'01,Denise Porter P'96'99'01, and 
Nancy Carroll P'98 and the work of many parent 
volunteers, the Field House was transformed to host 
a gala event, with tents, flowers, scrumptious food, 
and joyful company. Faculty members Elaine White 
and Lynda Bromley gave toasts to Peter and to 
Dottie, echoed by President of the Board ofTrustees 
Dan Morgan '61 P'.97'02,Treasurer of the Board Jeff 
Gordon '69, Peter's good friend Cy Theobold, Jim 
Cavanagh '94, and former headmaster Jack Ragle. 
The class of 1 994 and other recent grads entertained 
the crowds with an exuberant locomotive, as others 
danced and celebrated the Bragdon years. 

top of page: 

President of the Board of Trustees 

Dan Morgan congratulates 

Peter Bragdon. 

30 The Archon — Fall 1999 


Dean of Students Lynda Bromley 

toasts the Braodons. 

Fulton Yattcy '54 and Shed Tubman '54 
catch up with Peter. 


Patrick Rothwell, Greg Carroll '98, Mary 
Viera '98,Adelle Lilly '98, and Brendan 
Forrest '94 join Peter in the locomotive 


lass notes 

June 9, 10, 11, 2000 

Class of 1925 - 75th 
Class of 1930 - 70th 
Class of 1935 - 65th 

He has survived two hip replacements, a quad 
heart transplant. They are very grateful that 
they can manage. I believe a growing number 
of the members of the pre-'39 group now have 
e-mail addresses. If you would forward them to 
me I'll include them in future class notes. 



Harold H. Audet 
511 Crocker Avenue 

Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3705 

(408) 373-5652 

Warren Lane '21 missed Reunion '99 
because he was in Asia, where he logged 
about 40,000 miles. He is now looking for- 
ward to being present in Byfield for reunions 
in June, 2000. Warren has been living in 
Washington, NC since 1967 and has been 
active in the Downtown Merchants Assoc- 
iation as well as volunteering at the hospital, 
Salvation Army and youth groups. In May of 
this year he was honored with a full page 
write-up of his career in the local newspaper. 
At age 87, Marshall Brown is still producing 
yacht and ocean cargo plus time off for 
striper bass and blues fishing. Good health 
still favors him. Howard Beal '33 keeps busy 
as a volunteer at the Historical Society in 
Spofford, NH and in the summer works with 
two local baseball teams as a score-keeper. 
When he isn't busy as a volunteer he tends 
his flower garden. Emerson Kirby '37 has 
moved to 55 Old Lane Road in Cheshire, 
CT. Last spring he received an Honorary 
Bachelor of Science degree from Babson 
College. As far as I know he is the first 
member of the pre-'39 group to receive an 
honorary degree. If there have been others so 
honored please let me hear from you. 
Emerson can be contacted through e-mail at 
emersonkirby@ Hank Cleaveland 
'38 and his wife are in a senior unit in 
Farmington, ME. His wife is disabled, but 
fortunately he is able to care for her needs. 


Donald W. Stockwell 

8 Country Hill 

Brattleboro, VT 05301 

(802) 254-5504 

Our 60th has come and gone but what a 
reunion it was. It coincided with Peter and 
Dottie Bragdon's farewell which, in itself, 
was a tremendous affair. What a party GDA 
put on for them! Those of us who attended 
will long remember the tributes paid to this 
wonderful couple. Although they have gone 
into a well-deserved retirement we know we 
will look forward to hearing from them 
from time to time. Although it was rather 
disappointing more of the class did not show 
up for our 60th, nevertheless, it was great 
seeing Tom Tenney,John Klotz, Henry Payson, 
Tom Killough and Phil Simpson.We gathered 
together at a number of functions held that 
weekend. Although a few years older than 
when we first met we would recognize each 
other anywhere. We ate and socialized 
together reminiscing about those happenings 
of a long time ago. Both Phil Simpson and I 
participated in the Alumni Glee Club con- 
cert with Art Sager conducting and Ben 
Stone accompanying. Art bid us farewell as 
he, too, is retiring. Hopefully the Glee Club 
will continue as it is a highlight of Reunion 
Weekend. We feel certain Art will have a lot 
to say about this annual event in the future. 
A week after Reunion Tom Tenney, who was 
visiting his property in Pomfret,VT, dropped 
in to see me on his way to Connecticut 
where he also has a summer home. We had 
lunch together and had a great time catching 

up on what's been happening the last 60 
years. Although I have never visited his 
winter home in Ponte Vedra, FL, John Klotz 
said he had six living rooms, or was it six 
dining rooms? Someone should check this 
out. As mentioned in an earlier issue of the 
Archon Henry Payson is social director at a 
senior residence in Portland, ME. Apparently 
he is in charge of fun and games for the 
female residents. What an assignment! Tom 
Killough is into horse racing. He, along with 
several others, is putting his horse through a 
training session, although I'm not sure what 
their financial aspirations are. Phil Simpson 
hasn't changed much since I saw him last 
although he did seem to pay more attention 
to his music than he previously did at the 
glee club concert. Jack Dunlap, although 
saying he does not have much to report, did 
find time to visit his son and family in New 
Berm, NC and then to Naples, FL. He plans 
on a cruise in September down to Long 
Island Sound, up the Hudson River, across 
the Erie Canal to Niagara Falls, down the St. 
Lawrence River to the Saguenay up that 
river and back to Quebec City, completing 
the trip in Warren, RI. And he said he does 
not have much to report! For me, it's been a 
restful summer so far. Vermont is a great 
place to five at this time of year. 


William H. Torrey 

112 Fire Island Avenue 

Babylon, NY 11702 

(516) 669-4339 

60th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11, 2000 

Dave Gearhart is retired, yet doing occa- 
sional Sunday services in various Episcopal 
Churches. He had angioplasty in March, 
and surgery in May and has slowed down. 
Still he golfs, travels, and enjoys a summer 
cottage in South Bethany, Delaware. He 
sends all his best. Dr. Dave Soloman notes 
that the class of 1938 is the oldest to have a 
class secretary. Well, maybe the class of '40 
is only second best — but I don't buy that! 
Dave's grandsons (age 31 and 27) got mar- 
ried and gave us some great grand children 
we won't have much to shout about. Dave 
sends best wishes to stay well and happy. 
Bob Goodspeeds wife Joanne spent five months 
in Portsmouth, NH and then seven months 
at PGA national in Palm Beach Gordons, 

32 The Archon — Fall 1999 

Always Keep Smiling' 

In honor of Older Americans Month last 
May, the Daily News of Beaufort County 
featured the busy life of Warren Lane '27 
of Washington, NC. 91 -year-old Lane 
abides by a "never ride if I can walk" phi- 
losophy, often walking to his innumerable 
volunteer activities. Salvation Army, the 
Friends of Brown Library, the Washington 
Evening Rotary Club, the Washington 
Housing Commission, the Baltimore 
Longitudinal Study for Aging, the North 
Carolina Estuarium, and the Beaufort 
County Hospital are but some of the 
many agencies that benefit from his ser- 
vice. His secret to healthy living? "A posi- 
tive outlook on life, faith, and some really 
good family genes." 


R.A. Little 

146 Fincks Basin Road 

Little Falls, NY 13365 

(315) 823-1662 

FL. Bob continues his leather business and 
represents tanners all over the world. This 
fall they're traveling to Paris and Rome on 
business. Bob has offices in New Mexico 
and Florida close to where they live. He 
works out at gyms every day and tries to 
play golf once a week. He went to his 54th 
reunion at Maryland last June. Bob Little 
took another "big step" and retired (second 
time). He's now on "advisory status." Bob 
just returned from a business/educational 
trip to Israel/the Holy Land. Thanks to 
GDA's education he was able to follow 
many of the conquests and rebuilding of 
this area. Agriculturally he's still involved 
with California's Central Valley. Bob sends 
his best to all. Sandy Young spent seven days 
at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst in June and 
is planning to go to Pebble Beach for the 
2000 Open. He retired as president of the 
Connecticut State Golf Association in 
December, 1998 and is now president of the 
Connecticut State Golf Association 
Foundation, (a 501 (c) 3) educational orga- 
nization that will be building a "golf house" 
to house all of the various golf organizations 
and activities involved with golf in the state 
of Connecticut. Sandy spends two months 
in the winter in Naples, FL. Al Hutchinson 
and his wife Edie visited Williamsburg this 
Spring. While there, their granddaughter 
graduated from William and Mary. Another 
granddaughter graduated from New York 
University the week before. Edie and Al are 
active in restoring old cemeteries and are 
members of MOCA. The restoration work 
keeps them busy two days a week. Anyone 
interested in this hobby should let him 
know. Norman K. Quint works at a Wellness 
center 7 days a week and will be having a 
knee replacement on August 18th. 

Howard Stirn tells us that his dude ranch in 
Jackson Hole is doing fine (80 percent 
repeat visits — Peter Bragdon will be one 
this year). His Mystic Aquarium with the 
new "Institute for Exploration" (headed by 
Bob Ballard, diver of the Titanic) is up and 
rolling after a major expansion and is rated 
#3 in the country (Time Magazine). 
Howard is still keeping occupied!! Neal 
Cox just returned from Singapore Rotary 
International Convention. He had a fabu- 
lous trip touring Thailand and Hong Kong. 
Travel contributes much to world under- 


Seward E. Pomeroy 

29 Berwick Lane 

Worcester, MA 01602 

(508) 152-1469 

Ted Stitt writes, "Joy and I both attended 
the GDA reunion. The only other '42er 
there was Tom Fenn and his wife, Barbara. 
Earlier we were at Amherst reunion with 
six or seven classmates. You were missed at 
both events! Hope to see you in the fall at 
GDA and/or Amherst. We're having our 
usual busy and enjoyable summer in New 
Hampshire. Back to Florida in mid- 
October. Best to all. Bud Wellman writes, 
"I am sending you my new address. I am in 
good health, enjoying life with the best 
woman in the world and still having fun in 
business. Hope you are well!" Steve Houtz 
reports, "Sorry to miss reunion this year, 
but promise to be there next year, unless a 
higher power intervenes. Am planning on 
being in Pittsburgh for the vintage racing 
Grand Prix July 17 and 18th. Am person- 
ally staying well. Work is fine. I am never 
really satisfied. When I am working I wish 
I wasn't, and vice versa. Best to all." Your 
secretary and wife, Cornelia, flew to 
Stockholm in June for three days in 
Sweden, then to Denmark, and finally to 
Norway for a week in the most spectacular 
scenery you can imagine. While we were 
prepared for it being light all night, we 
were not prepared for the three feet of 
snow we went through in this very moun- 
tainous country. The fjords, which we trav- 
eled through by boat and ship are breath- 
taking and I guess a photographer's dream. 
The people were friendly and helpful and 
everyone speaks English fluently. One of 
our group complimented our young waiter 
at our hotel one night on his English. He 
politely thanked her, and then added that 

he was a college student from New Jersey. 
Humphrey Simson reports "After post-grad 
year I entered the Navy, became an Ensign 
and left the service as a Lt. in the fall of '46. 
I graduated Williams College in the fall of 
1947, married "Posie" in 1948. We have 
four children and seven grandchildren. In 
1966 I left work as a sales engineer for the 
Babcock and Wilcox company and formed 
a partnership working in special investment 
situations, both in this country and Brazil. 
This left me much time for my two hob- 
bies — flying and long distance ocean yacht 
racing. I have a private, commercial, and 
ATP license, single and multi-engine land 
and sea planes, instrument rated and about 
10,000 hours. I started ocean yacht racing 
in 1964, Newport to Bermuda, and did my 
last of these races in 1996. I did 17 in all, 
plus seven Marion-Bermuda races and 
about 4 races from here to Europe. I made 
ten round trips to the Carribbean as well as 
sailing in the Pacific and central Ambrian. 
My last long trip was three years ago from 
Plymouth, England to Malta, as crew and 
navigator. We now live in "Mariner Sands," 
Stuart, FL, playing golf, and have a won- 
derful condo in Portsmouth, RI, where we 
enjoy a 36 foot jet boat as well as playing 
golf. Life is still very busy for a 75-year-old 
man, married for 51 years." 


Benjamin B. Brewster 

88 Warren Avenue 

Plymouth, MA 02360 

(508) 146-1306 

Steven K. Kauffman 

131 Jefferson's Hundred 

Williamsburg, VA 23185-8910 

' (151)220-9013 

merlin @widomaker. com 

Pickings are kind of slim this issue. I got one 
postcard last April from Hall Cushman who 
wrote, "My wife, Marion, and I live on a 
lovely Vermont hillside — both healthy! We 
travel some, especially to San Francisco 
where two of our sons live. I write short 
fiction and do volunteer work." On the 
new-fangled form letter I got one response: 
John "Pinky" Whitney writes, "I'm pleased 
to report that during this year's New 
England Boat Show m'ol' pal and tent-mate 
at Camp Winona, Jim Eaton, stopped by the 
booth. That gave us a chance to catch up!" 
Seems both have gone through some 
mutual medical problems, and now things 
are better. I've been corresponding a bit 
with Jim "Squaw" Waugh this past year! 
Maybe we'll be able to catch up with each 

The Archon — Fall 1999 33 

lass notes 

other this summah! He says, "Our grand- 
daughter Catherine seems to be very happy 
and doing well in her studies and sports at 
the Academy! Needless to say both grandfa- 
ther and father are equally pleased." As for 
this child, I missed the reunion, because I 
went to the wedding of a favorite niece in 
Charlotte, NC. If I live long enough I'll 
make a reunion one day. I exercised my dig- 
ital camera and got better results than the 
official photographer. Great fun, too. Our 
14-day trip to Israel in April was wonderful. 
Great digital pix there also. Now I can better 
visualize what I read in the New and Old 
Testaments. Going to Wisconsin to be with 
cousins in August. In October and 
November I'll be in Australia touring 
around the East Coast and the "Outback" 
on my own. Teresa (Tinkerbell) would be a 
lot happier if one of you would go along. E- 
mail to merlin for par- 
ticulars. The Lexus and the Olive Tree by 
Thomas L. Friedman is a great read about 
globalization. It should be on the GDA 
seniors' required reading list and yours too. 
Hope next time some of you old - ah - gen- 
tlemen will respond to whatever medium 
the GDA media people choose to send your 
way. Write when you get work and so on. 



Richard A. Cousins 

11 Federal Street 

Newburyport, MA 01950 

(978) 462-4542 

55th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11, 2000 

Warren Furth writes that he "could not 
attend my 50th Harvard reunion in June 
because of illness. Treatment completed by 
July 1st and I expect to attend the wedding 
of my son Michael on August 28 in 
Rancho Santa Fe, CA." Members of the 
class attending the reunion at GDA in June 
were Leo and Harriet Noyes, Don Palais, 
Irv and Ethel Williamson, Joy (Towne) Stitt 
and Dick Cousins. Irv was in excellent 
voice in his Glee Club solo, and the 
farewell performance by Art Sager and Ben 
Stone was memorable. 


George E. Duffy 

2332 Chrysanthemum Street 

Tucson, AZ 85737 

(520) 825-4710 

Homer Ambrose 

5601 Seminary Road, #220 5N 

Falls Church, VA 22041 

(703) 379-8011 

Greetings once again from the 22nd floor of 
Skyline Towers in Northern Virginia over- 
looking the historic Potomac Paver and the 
new tower at Reagan National Airport. 
Fifty-two years after performing as heavy- 
weight on the GDA wrestling team cap- 
tained by classmate Jim Knott, Henry Dunker 
had the distinct privilege and pleasure of 
serving on another team captained by Jim. 
The current team captained by Jim was his 
legal team that defended him and his highly 
successful Riverdale Mills Corporation 
against a criminal indictment by the federal 
government on (what turned out to be 
groundless) allegations of illegal discharges of 
wastewater into a public-owned wastewater 
system. Jim's team 'was not only victorious 
but resoundingly so. In fact, the government 
dismissed the indictment shortly before trial 
began because the legal team convinced the 
government that it had no case. Henry has 
now gone on to another contest, having 
become a candidate for election as Mayor of 
Weymouth where he lives. If elected on 
November 10 of this year, he will be the first 
mayor of this community of 55,000 has had, 
the voters having recently voted to change 
their municipal government to a mayor- 
council form. "The new mayor," quoting 
Henry, "will have to possess, articulate, and 
project a vision for Weymouth, a vision for 
the kind of community it should be in the 
future." In a note to Jack Deering, Henry 
writes: "No, it will not be a shoe-in. It will 
probably be a last-man standing dogfight." As 
an item of background, Henry served in the 
Marine Corps during the Korean War as a 
decorated Infantry officer. Semper Fi, Henry. 
Norm Brown writes: "No earth-shaking news 
from the shores of Sebago Lake (Maine) 
except to say that Jack Deering's and my 
favorite Chinese restaurant (Best Buffet) has 
been sold. In fact, Jack, Bish Peale and I had 
a mini-reunion there last year." Norm, by the 
way, is also an alumnus of Adelynrood. 
Thanks for your timely input, Norm. In my 
last conversation with Chuck Hartel, he was 
on his way to summer quarters down Maine. 
He reports an avocation of water colors and 
volunteer efforts in the local art gallery In his 
last letter to me, reminiscing about a 
weekend we spent at the Portsmouth Navy 
Yard, Chuck wrote: "I remember your mom 
was particularly kind to us that weekend 

providing good food, sweaters, and Navy 
jackets." Al Hughes, reporting from Vegas, 
writes: "Retired and living in the great city 
of Las Vegas, NV, and love it. Anyone from 
the class is welcome to visit. We'll show you 
a great time — phone or write — 1500 
Cardinal Peak Lane #201, Las Vegas, Nevada 
89144 (telephone 702 869 0325)." That's 
three-oh for now. Stay trim. Live well. Best 
love to all. 


Robert C. Hill 

143 Hickory Lane 

Naugatuck, CT 06770-1724 

(203) 729-7604 

One of my problems has always been being 
unable to say "no" when asked if I would 
do something for someone. I guess Ken 
Bruce caught me at the right time. So, here 
I am hoping to fill his large shoes by 
serving as your Class of '48 Secretary. 
Obviously I can't do this without your 
help. Please let me know what's been going 
on in your lives and I'll pass it on to all the 
gang. Probably the best way to reach me is 
via e-mail or my business address at 20 
Woodside Avenue, Middlebury CT 06762. 
As for myself, I retired three years ago after 
having been in the insurance business for 
42 years. The retirement lasted for two 
weeks. The man who showed me how to 
enjoy my leisure time asked me to go to 
work for him since I knew so many people 
in the area that he might be able to help as 
well. Actually, the main benefactor is my 
wife, Mary Cay, who says that she's happy 
that I have a place to go to every day. Pete 
Houston has written not knowing whether 
he should congratulate me or not for 
taking over Ken Bruce's job as Class 
Secretary. Perhaps it should be condolences, 
Pete. He went on to say: "I tried hard to get 
up for the reunion weekend but just 
couldn't put it together for a third year in a 
row. Hated to miss Art's swan song. A note 
from Ken said you all had a good time. I'll 
be there for #55." Stuart Otis has moved to 
"New River" area Arizona which is about 
35 miles north of Phoenix. Stuart and Ann 
moved into their new home in June after 
living in a RV during construction. Now 
they are having to get used to scorpions 
and rattle snakes in the area. What fun! 
Stuarts address is PMB 473,34522 North 
Scottsdale Road, D-8, Scottsdale, AZ 
85262. Ken Bruce writes, "As you will note 
from the above, your very esteemed class- 

34 The Archon — Fall 1999 

mate, Bob Hill assumed the duties of our 
Class Secretary for which I shall forever be 
indebted and grateful. Actually. It was Mary 
Cay who asked if there was anything I could 
possibly do to keep him busy and out of 
trouble which was a pretty tall order. 
Welcome aboard Bob, you'll do a great job 
and certainly have all of our support." As of 
this writing in July, Ken and Nancy were 
settled in for the summer months at Block 
Island, RI and their e-mail address is (which applies to Naples, 
FL also). Ken reports that all is well despite 
a mild heart attack in August of '98 and 
three angioplasties this past winter. He's lost 
about 30 lbs, feels great, exercises daily and 
plays golf. Tough life!! He says it was great to 
see and talk to so many of the Class of '49 
back for their 50th. See you for our 55th. I 
don't know what it is about Phil Gemmer 
and Bill Lindquist. How two guys as old as I 
am can look so good is beyond me. I look 
forward to seeing you both in Florida this 
coming winter season. 


nomas R. Emery 

Interim Class Secretary 

312 Rookwood Drive 

Charlotte, VA 22903 

(804) 977-8763 

tgemery@cstone. net 

Our 50th was a glorious celebration high- 
lighted by the return of 27 classmates who 
shared GDA memories and their current 
activities. They were: Jafee Brown, Harry and 
Marietta Homeier, John and Marie Canepa, 
Rod Jennings, William and Betsy Chamberlin, 
Leonard and Sirpa Johnson, Robert and Page 
Coulter, Arthur and Carole Martin, Arch and 
Carol des Cognets, Tom and Mina Otis, Ash 
and Deborah Eames, Kimball Page, Tom and 
Gale Emery, Gordon and Susan Price, Peter 
Fitch, Taylor and Helen Pyke, Robert Bud 
Frame, Mansfield Smith and Linda Ramsey, 
Clifton George '50, Thomas and Pat Sayles, 
Robert Godfrey, Richard and Ann Tyler, Irv 
Grossman, John and Zoe Veasey, Manson and 
Alison Hall, Donald and Ann Wochomurka, 
and Chester Ham. The principle events that 
enhanced our interactions were the '49 dinner 
in the Frost Library, the excursion boat ride 
through the Newburyport Harbor and up 

the Merrimac River, and finally, a delicious 
brunch at Ingalsby Gordon Price's family 
farm, which included a tour of the varied 
operations supporting the farm. Interspersed 
among these major activities were: an alumni 
chorus performance in the chapel directed 
by Art Sager (95 years old) with Ben Stone 
(88 years old) accompanying at the piano; 
the traditional champagne luncheon on the 
lawn; a large dinner dance tribute to Peter 
and Dottie Bragdon; and the annual head- 
master's "update" which included honoring 
our reunion committee for raising $50,817. . .a 
GDA record for any 50th reunion! Regarding 
honors/awards, there were a number 
bestowed during our Friday night dinner. 
The first group of awards were selected from 
the various categories on our class question- 
naire of which there were 22 responses: the 
Prodigious Progeny award for the most chil- 
dren and grandchildren went to Bud Reed 
for the grand total of 23. The Deja vu award 
for the least 50-year weight gain went to 
Rick Tyler for zero gain. For the most weight 
gain, Kim Page got the Big Bear Award. 
You've Come a Long Way Baby award went 
to Arch des Cognets for coming the greatest 
distance. . .10,000 miles from Australia where 
he lives six months of the year! Gordy Price, 
our class agent, received the Long and 
Productive award for his extraordinary 
fundraising work over the years and a signed 
copy of Art Sager s book, Why Aren't Tliey 
Listening. The Ne Plus Ultra Award, also Art 
Sager s autographed book, went to Arch des 
Cognets for his inspiring and effective leader- 
ship as Chairman of the Reunion Committee. 
The Reunion Book Publishing award went 
to Manse Hall with gratitude for his out- 
standing commitment and labors to produce 
our superb reunion book. My wife, Gale, 
joined in the tribute by writing the fol- 
lowing poem to Manse: 

A reunion — Class of forty-nine 
Now has a book that is superfine 
Full of fifty years of monkeyshine, 
Memories, inputs from our grapevine. 

Thanks for the memories, Manson Hall. 
Even though at times, you played hardball, 
You forced, inspired us to recall. 
A superlative job overall! 

We are grateful for the time you spent 
Presiding over this grand event 
Just as you had before - a student, 
Class president — so reminiscent. 

You've put our "senior moments" to rest; 
Replays of "poobah," that vocab test, 
Singing at Symphony Hall - coolest. 
Must mention the prom with interest. 

Peter Houston '48 has learned that stories 
create community, and communities are 
shaped and sustained by story. Recently 
profiled in the nationally distributed story- 
telling publication, The Tale Trader, Houston 
has been a professional story-teller since 
1987. Founder of the Southern New 
Hampshire Storytelling Guild in 1988, 
Houston has since retired to Williamsburg, 
VA where he founded a new community 
storytelling group, Weavers of the Word, fea- 
turing an annual conference, The Virginia 
Gathering. Houston is proof that with the 
power of story, one person can make a dif- 
ference in his community For more infor- 
mation about Houston's classes and perfor- 
mance, contact him at storiesbyp@wido- 
maker. com or (757) 564-9651. 

Now we know we are in our prime, 
Let's seize the moment to do ragtime. 
Make more memories in our lifetime. 
Our 50th has become sublime. 

You forced, inspired us to recall. 

A superlative job overall! 

Thanks for the memories, Manson Hall. 

Our most gratitude from one and all! 

The reunion support we had received from 
GDA was exemplary! Our requests were 
handled expeditiously and professionally. In 
particular, Michelle Kunz was a key player 
in the planning and execution of our 
reunion. Her conscientious support was 
essential to the roaring success of our 50th. 
Many thanks, Michelle! There were several 
discussions at this time about the possibility 
of having a 55th reunion. It wouldn't be on 

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Houvrd C. Rath 

P.O. Box 742 

43 Clark Point Road 

South West Harbor, ME 046'9 

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William C. Pinkham 

P.O. Box 369 

Glenmoore, PA 19343 

(610) 942-3273 

A mid-summer note to bring you up to date 
on some of our classmates, plus the latest 
(whether you want it or not. . .) on Sue and 
me. Satellite technology and windows soft- 
ware has given birth to a modern miracle. 
News from classmates via e-mail. It's won- 
derful. I can cut and paste directly into Word, 
and wonder of wonders ... I no longer have 
to call the University of Pennsylvania arche- 
ology department to interpret hieroglyphics. 
An added benefit is that spellcheck does a 
wonderful job of correcting all those words 
we never really learned to spell at GDA.This 
delightful note from Phil Smith prompted 
me to cut and paste without interpretation. 
In Phil's words: "Julie and I moved to 
Chapel Hill, NC a year ago and it seems 
only to get better. We have made many "best 
new friends," discovered unusual opportuni- 
ties available through three great universities 
and have found a beautiful state. Our hope 
is that snowbird classmates when fleeing the 
cold will make a visit (we are 10 miles south 
of Chapel Hill, 919-545-0790). One can't 
beat the rate and the wine is free. All three 
kids have a master's degree and are gainfully 
employed. One teaching school in Montana, 
another in Boston as a programming engi- 
neer with State Street Global Advisors, and 
the youngest an Episcopal priest in nearby 
Hickory, NC.With four grand children (all 
boys), we are always aware of and will be 
forever grateful for all our blessings. My 
career with Prudential Securities as chief 
lobbyist will come (came) to a conclusion 
on 6/30. Julie seems concerned about her 
space as she sent me to golf school. I'm not 
sure it will work but I learned that one does 
not need a great intellect to carry on a con- 
versation in a golf cart. With Pinehurst an 
hour away, I might have discovered a way to 
see that beautiful place. The invitation for 
folks from '53 to stop in for a visit is serious. 
The welcome mat will always be there." 
(Was that Phil we saw birdie the 16th hole 
at the Open?) Received a card from Don 
Tracy just after the spring Archon deadline. 
Don had his busiest season yet as a tax pre- 
parer. New clients keep pounding on his 
door although he does no advertising. He 
thought he had retired but feels like he's 
back at work. They're excited about summer 
and looking forward to more time sailing on 
Penobscot Bay They are also hosting a 
friend from Singapore for a month. He had 
a pleasant experience last year with a person 
they invited from the Ukraine. Don looks 
forward to classmates visiting with him via or at dstracy 
@worldart. He suggests we compile 
a directory of home pages and e-mail. Good 
idea, Don. We'll see what can be done. A 
good start is to send me news via e-mail at or 
sbpinkham@ can be sure your 
spouse's name will be spelled right, your 
current job status will be correctly identi- 
fied, and we'll capture your e-mail address. 
Tom Windle says his oldest daughter, 
Cheryle, was married in June, 1999. His son, 
Tom became engaged in May, 1999. He is 
still in the real estate business with 34 years 
under his belt. "Windy" Gale writes that 
"Some call it retiring — I wish to call it 

restructuring And oh, what fun! Eight 

grandchildren, loving wife and peace of mind 
(most of the time). The Pacific Northwest 
with its San Juan Islands,Vancouver, B.C. next 
door, Seattle to the south. . .Yes, I'm happy. 

Closer to home Sue and I expected to be 

packing for Colorado, but life takes strange 
turns; so we're here for another year and will 
head west next summer. Weyerhaeuser's 
White Papers Group is focusing our 
strategic functions in Seattle (we were 
almost neighbors, Windy), so I had the 
opportunity 7 to move west with my job and 
stay on three years or stay here and help 
manage through the transition. The eco- 
nomics said, "Stay here for a year" (poetic); 
so we're easing up on packing. Gives us 
more time to sort and pitch out stuff. 
Unfortunately, the kids see it as a reason to 
postpone reclaiming their stuff. The months 
ahead promise to be full of new experi- 
ences. The first, at work, I'm to take on 
responsibility for our advertising depart- 
ment. At home, we're currently nursing one 
of our goldens through surgery for a torn 
ligament (from catching tennis balls). Try 
carrying a 100-lb. dog with a cast up and 
down stairs. Hope you all have (had?) a great 
summer! Keep in touch. 


Michael B. Smith 

1315 Merrie Ridge Road 

McLean, VA 22101 

(703) 522-4582 

Fulton Yancy reports: "Happy to attend the 
45th reunion of the Class of 1954. I hope 
to be present for the 50th God being my 
helper. So good to tread the campus' 
grounds again. Since my last news to the 
Archon I have served my country, Liberia, as 
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of 
Liberia 1995-1997. I am now retired and 
living in Maryland." 


George O. Gardner 

53 Woodbury Lane 

Acton, MA 01720 

(978) 263-3052 

gardner.g@adlittle. com 

45th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11, 2000 

Tony Marcus retired June 1998 following 
25 years in corporate finance. On July 1, 
Tony became chairman of The Regional 
Arts and Culture Council of Portland, 
OR. He says his pace of life has not dimin- 
ished. This June Peter Littlejield flew to 
Bermuda after the Marion to Bermuda 
race to sail a Frers 45 foot sailboat back to 
Noank, CT Colin Curtis met him at the 
airport and they enjoyed cocktails at the 
Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and dinner at a 
local restaurant. It was only the second 
time they had seen each other in 39 years! 
Peter's son Prescott and his wife Anne 
recently had a son; the first great grand- 
child for his 96-year-old mother. Phyllis 
and Peter five in Noank, CT at the mouth 
of the Mystic River. They spend winter 
weekends in Weston, VT and say to call if 
any one is in the area. 


James Dean 

P.O. Box 186 

South Berwick, ME 


(207) 384-9184 

Tony Miller writes that he is now working 
three days a week and hopes to retire in 
2000. He continues to sing in groups. He 
plays golf and has given up squash as a pas- 
time. Rey Moulton attended the tribute 
dinner and reunion this June at GDA. It 
marked Peter Bragdon's long and very suc- 
cessful headmastership at GDA. He is now 
retired. Rey is now a trustee at GDA and is 

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presently recovering from heart surgery. Jim 
Dean announces that he is now a grandfa- 
ther. His daughter just gave birth to a baby 
girl by the name of Isabel. He is working as 
a surveyor for Civil Consultants in Maine. 



Lyman A. Cousens 

4 Goodhue Road 

Boscawen, NH 03303 

(603) 796-6446 


Ralph E. Ardiff 

238 Conant Street 

Danvers, MA 01923 

(978) 774-3336 

The Class of 1958 still seems to be recov- 
ering from our 40th Reunion, and very few 
classmates have sent in news items for me to 
report. Tom Gross is still living in London. 
His twins, Signe andVanessa, graduated from 
the St. Andrews School. Vanessa is now in 
Singapore while Signe remains in London. 
A third daughter is graduating from 
Edinburgh University, and his son is in his 
second year at St. Andrews. Tom is still doing 
technical research, which he sells to large 
asset managers around Europe. He is also 
taking up golf, but reports that he is no 
match for Toto Hunt at this point. He even 
plans to try to catch up with Wayne 
Hockmyer for some heavy duty rafting this 
summer. Harvey Hoyden reports that he has 
moved from Stratham, NH to Glen, NH, 
but he vows that that will not prevent him 
from calling and cajoling his classmates on 
behalf of the GDA Alumni Fund. Chick 
Carroll for the past year has been living 
aboard his boat, which is a 45-foot steel 
cutter. He has been doing quite a bit of trav- 
eling and is presently living on board in 
Abacos. He intends to be back in Maine this 
summer because two of his children are get- 
ting married. He is not sure what his plans 
will be after the summer, but I am sure that 
they will be filled with adventure and far off 
places. Richard Morse is still tending to folks 
in need of spiritual and medical assistance at 
the Tenwek Hospital in Kenya. His son, 
Rick, has been doing similar work at the 
Kapsowar Hospital in northern Kenya and 
also in southern Sudan. Richard com- 
mented in his latest epistle that he was sorry 
to learn of the death of Mac Murphy, who 
had been married to a relative to his, which 
Richard had not been aware of until he 
learned of Mac's death. My secretary, who 

has been typing these Class Notes for the 
past few years, thought I should add some 
news about myself. In early spring, I sailed 
around Antigua and Barbado with some 
buddies of mine, and I just returned from a 
bicycling trip in France. I enjoy spending 
time with my two grandsons, Trevor and 
Zachary.They keep me young. However, my 
big news is that I just broke 90 in my golf 
game for the first time ever! Any of the 
members of the Class of 1958 who would 
like to read more about their classmates, 
should take the initiative and drop me a fine. 


Mirick Friend 

Box 540 

Mirror Lake, NH 03853 

(603) 569-3212 

from Austin, MN. Others also returned for 
the first time or after long absences: Charlie 
and Chattye Sawyer, Ed and Virginia Bliss, 
Howie Medwed, Dana and Denise Atchley, 
Robert Dietz, Chip and Gail Mason. The 
more familiar faces were also in attendance: 
Courtney and Carolyn Bird, John Catlett, Bill 
Donnelly and Joanne Can, Jim Foley, Fred 
Huntress and Ferg Jansen, Dave and Brenda 
Latham, Geoff Lewis, Randy and Joan Light, 
Brian Marsh, Peter Sherin, Topper Terhune, 
Alan and Ruth Tucker, Steve Volpone, and 
Bill and Bobbi Whiting. And I was there with 
my friend Julie. As part of the reunion pro- 
gram for the weekend, Dana Atchley pre- 
sented Next Exit, an interactive theatrical 
performance which he created. To quote a 
reviewer: "Dana sits on a stump next to a 
digital campfire and draws from a virtual 

Our 40th reunion was well attended as well 
as a great success and a lot of fun. It was very 
interesting to watch different classmates 
who had not seen each other for years, some 
literally for 40 years, strike up conversations 
as if they had just returned from summer 
vacation. The week following the reunion I 
kept thinking about what is the glue that 
binds these people together who have gone 
their separate and different ways over the 
years. It is many different factors - GDA 
itself, the masters who taught us and their 
lasting legacies, the memories shared, the 
spirit of the campus. Most important I think 
are the enduring friendships formed at a 
critical time in our fives, friendships that 
have a life of their own that burn bright 
once again when someone you think you 
recognize extends his hand and says, "Hi, 
I'm Mike MacLean." Yes, Mike "Mac" 
MacLean and his wife Pat were there, in 

suitcase of seventy stories. It is in turn 
humorous, touching, surprising and always 
emotionally resonant. It is an excellent 
example of the impact of new technology 
on the ancient art of story telling." Bob Pouch 
writes that he "was sorry we missed the 
reunion. Hope everyone had a great time. I 
note (with envy) some classmates are 
launching retirement plans. We hope to as 
well in another year or two. Finally, a fond 
and heartfelt thanks to the Bragdons in the 
celebration of a fantastic career and accom- 
plishments on behalf of GDA!" Ferg Jansen 
sent me a postscript to the reunion. He was 
"stunned" at how good everyone looked, 
very impressed by the job GDA did, espe- 
cially in food services, appreciated Courtney 
Bird's running tips, saying,"My knees don't 
hurt anymore and I'm much faster!" He 
ends by saying, "See you all in five!" Jim 
Foley says that he had a great reunion and a 

38 The Archon — Fall 1999 

fantastic turnout for the class. Some guys he 
hadn't seen for 40 years. As of Jim, 25 more 
months and he will be sitting on his porch 
in Maine enjoying retirement. Steve Hesse 
reports: "My family and I have just moved 
from St. Louis, MO where we've been for 
the past 12 years, to La Jolla, CA where I 
manage the "Western Region for PNC 
mortgage and my wife Sue works as a non- 
resident fellow for the Kaufman Foundation. 
Our son Michael, 14, will be attending the 
Bishops School and our daughter Stephanie, 
1 1 , will be at the Evans School both here in 
La Jolla — which so far is living up to its rep- 
utation for beautiful weather." 


John C. Elwell 

266 High Street 

Newburyport, MA 01950 

(978) 462-8749 

40th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11, 2000 


J. Stephen Sawyer 

3616 Beech Run Lane 

Mechanicsburg, PA 017055 

(717) 732-3908 

Alan & Lorine Booth both spent the winter 
in Tucson and decide to buy a home there 
for the winters. Both love the dry heat and 
the golf courses. This summer they are doing 
some canoeing on the Maumee River and 
keeping the golf gamed tuned up. The Booth 
girls are coming home for the Fourth of July 
for a mini reunion. Stacey is in Austin, TX 
and Katie in Lexington. All is well in Ohio. 
Pete Boynton reports that Jacqui and he had 
dinner in McLean, VA with Tony and Noe 
Garland on June 26th. The Garlands were in 
Washington accompanying daughter Nancy, 
one of 140 Presidential Scholars honored 
during a week in Washington, culminating 
with a reception at Georgetown University 
featuring an opportunity to meet President 
Clinton. Boynton writes, "We are working 
on luring the Garlands to resettle in the 
Washington area when Tony leaves the med- 
ical practice he started on Deer Isle, ME 
twenty years ago. I'm getting nostalgic for 
New England after 22 years in the 
Washington, DC area and hope we will be 
able to wind our way up there later this 
summer or fall, perhaps dropping in on a few 
classmates on the way. Drop me a note at" Stan Thomas returned to 
Boston in April to watch his 30-year-old 
son, Pete, compete in the Boston Marathon. 

TomTobey '62,JohnTarbcll '62, BillTobey '70 

Rosalie and Stan recently purchased 50 acres 
of land and now are trying to figure out how 
they can afford to build a house on it. The 
Thomases are living quietly but busily and 
happily in western Wisconsin. 


Thomas S. Tobey 

59 West Portola Avenue 

Los Altos, CA 94022-1209 

(650) 941-5060 

Peter P Morrin 

1288 Bassett Avenue 

Louisville, KY 40204 

(502) 456-2397 

Not to belabor the point (although my 
memories of Jeff Ellis are still strong), but I 
was unable to find a copy of this poem in 
time to submit to the last Archon; so here it is 
now, better late than never! The poem "High 
Flight" was written by John Gillespie Mcgee, 
Jr. Mr. Mcgee was a pilot during World War 
I who died in combat shortly after penning 
the words. It is famous in the pilot commu- 
nity (private, commercial and military) as the 
sentiment that most-closely captures the 
exhilaration of flight. The poem was read at 
Jeff Ellis's Memorial Service and, to me, best 
relates the feelings Jeff had for flying, private 
and otherwise. To properly experience the 
'magic', High Flight should be read 
ALOUD slowly and with feeling. Yup, move 
your lips! By the third or fourth reading, the 
little hairs on the back of your neck should 
tingle and there will be a lump in your 
throat. Enjoy! 


O, I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth, 

And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings, 

Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling 


Of sunsplit clouds and done a hundred things 

You have not dreamed of. . .Weild and soard and 


High in the sunlit silence hovering there 

I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung 
My eager craft through footless halls of air 
Up, up, the long, delirious, burning blue 
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace 
Where never lark, nor even eagle flew. 
And while, with silent lifting mind I've trod 
The high untrespassed sanctity of space 
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God. 
-John Gillespie Mcgee, Jr. 

I was fortunate to catch up with Steve Witt, 
who now lives in Ft. Wayne, IN. Steve's busi- 
ness is "Come Sing With Us", a karaoke 
company that does business in several states. 
It is just coming out of the start-up phase, 
and Steve reports that the entertainment 
business is no bed of roses. Nonetheless, he is 
very optimistic about continued growth. 
Daughters Erica, 13, and Lauren, 15, are the 
delight of his life and follow in Dad's foot- 
steps in high academic achievement. Chad 
Smith also has two daughters, Megan and 
Heather. Megan graduated from Middlebury 
and Heather from Williams. Heather also has 
an MBA from NYU. This summer Heather 
is getting married and Chad, in his capacity 
as a Justice of the Peace, will perform the 
ceremony. Chad's wife Marion tells me that 
Chad takes part every year in Bar Harbor's 
13-mile fall run and that he plays Santa Claus 
on skis at Christmas at Sugarloaf (Chad, 
your classmates are incredulous — strike that, 
we are very impressed!) Chad and Marion 
stay in touch with Billy Sloane. They ask 
classmates to call when on Mount Desert. 


H. Laurence Henchey 
8 Orris Street 

Melrose, MA 02176 

(781) 662-2588 

lhenchey@concentric. net 


Kenneth A. Linberg 

6775A Pasado Road 

Isla Vista, CA 93117 

(805) 685-1868 

linberg@lifesci . Iscf.ucsb. edu 

35th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11, 2000 

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Class Secretary Needed 

Bennett H. Beach 

7207 Denton Road 

Bethesda, MD 20814 

(301) 951-9643 

ben_beach@tws. org 

William Alfond says, "I attended Dan 
Morgan's surprise 50th birthday party. Great 
family, great time. My family: My oldest, 
Justin, golf pro. Kenden graduates Brown, 
English teacher in Austin, TX and Reis will 
be attending Dartmouth." Crashing through 
the Pennsylvania woods, a 300-pound 
Russian boar met its match, and its maker, 
not too long ago. Linebacker-turned-archer 
Ross Magrane used six arrows to convert 
Boris into enough breakfast sausage to last 
Ross and friends until the next hunting 
season. Things can also get physical on the 
job now that Ross is a full-time sub in the 
Jersey City schools. "It's largely an exercise in 
crowd control," says Ross, who is hoping this 
stint will lead to a regular teaching job. 
Software engineer Ralph Perkins finds his 
work days more than full in his 16th year at 
Sanders, a Lockheed Martin company in 
Nashua, NH.With both his daughters now 
off at college, Ralph can rent rooms to the 
presidential candidates now starting to 
overrun the Granite State. Another New 
Hampshire engineer (electrical) is Bill 
Barnes, operating out ofWeare. His daughter, 
Lee, is a physical therapist in San Diego. A 
few days after his surprise 50th birthday 
party June 5, Roy Meyers got another sur- 
prise. He walked into his Lexington, KY, 
restaurant, Roy and Nadine's, and found 
himself staring at Reid Pugh. In town on 
business, Reid was looking for a good meal, 
and found one. "It was great; upscale without 
being stuffy or too elaborate," Reid wrote. 
Alan Rothfeld is now a full clinical professor 
at USC. He made his annual summer trip to 
Cape Cod (Dennis) and, for variety's sake, 
took in Hawaii earlier in the year. Closer to 
home, Alan has become fond of hiking in 
Angeles National Forest and other spots 
nearby. Phil Finn has moved up to VP at 
Bradlee's and remains an avid sailor. One of 
the Bay State's newest softball umpires is 
Andy Creed, who got caught up in the sport 
in response to daughter Hannah's success as 
a catcher. Now a sophomore at Newburyport 
High School, Hannah also plays flute in the 
orchestra and marching band and is the stage 
manager for A Midsummer's Night Dream. 

Andrew Nichols '61 and Phil Finn '61 enjoy the day 
on Andrew's boat on Chesapeake Bay. 

There's music in the air out in the Dairy 
State, too. The Easton Brass Band consists of 
John Easton on his old trumpet, wife Doris 
on the French horn, and two sons and two 
daughters playing various other instruments. 
Very low-key, John says. Bill Dougherty is 
back in the East, working as a senior invest- 
ment person in Chase's Affluent Markets 
group in Rochester, NY Let's hope Bill's 
made a few wise investments of his own 
because this fall, all four of his kids are in col- 
lege. Still with Save the Children, Dave 
Marsh is now working half-time with 
USAID's BASICS (Basic Support to 
Institutionalizing Child Survival). The goal is 
to help reduce the death toll (now 1 1 million 
a year) taken by malaria, measles, and other 
diseases in developing countries. Also helping 
kids in need, Stanley Greenberg participated 
in the Regency Health Club's aerobic 
workout to benefit St.Jude's Hospital and its 
cancer treatment program for youngsters. 
Stan's daughter Forest is a freshman at 
Brandeis. Mac Barnes has moved his family 
within one mile of his boyhood home. They 
live on the Navesink River in Locust, NJ. 
But Mac's kids aren't there too much. 
They're at Johns Hopkins, Princeton, and 
Pingry, where a poll found that almost none 
of today's students could identify former 
Dance Chairman Lew Rumford or a single 
member of the Skag Squad. If you want to 
rent an oceanfront home near Kennebunkport, 
call Carter Evans. When not fixing up his 
new vacation property, Carter is trying to 
turn around a troubled software company 
and other struggling firms that have turned 
to him for help. Ben Beach has become co- 
president of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase 
High School PTSA and has sent his oldest 
child off to Boston College to join Phil 
Finn, Jr. 


Daniel C. Look 

3287 Whitfield Drive 

Marietta, GA 30062 

(770) 977-3135 

David Mitchell writes, "Last December I 
started a new job with Sunbeam Corp. as 
President, Licensing. As such I am respon- 
sible for licensing out our various brands 
which include Sunbeam, Oster, Coleman, 
Eastpak, Mr. Coffee, First Alert, and Health- 
o-meter. I also look for licenses to bring in. 
If any of you have any ideas, please be in 
touch. My e-mail is 
Of course, the new job also came with a new 
place to live, Boca Raton, FL. Both Linda and 
I were very pleasantly surprised to discover 
that we like Florida very much. Great winters, 
though can't say much for the summers.Y'all 
stop by for a visit 'n' sit a spell, as they say 
down here in the South, right Dan? Regards 
to all in '68." 


Jeffrey L. Gordon 

Glen Farm Road 

Portsmouth, RI 02871 

(401) 849-5893 

jlgordon 1 

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J. Randall Whitney 

1 83 Nashoba Road 

Concord, MA 01742 

(978) 369-0914 

30th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11, 2000 

Bill Mitchell is celebrating 25 years of mar- 
riage in June. His son Will finished his first 
year of college working full time. His son 
Gavin will be a high school senior and also 
is starting goalie for Club America, a class 1 
Premiere league soccer team. Life is great. 
He has generally been able to make 
lemonade out of the lemons life has pro- 
vided. He did stop by the school last year, 
and said the changes are amazing since the 
last time he was there in 1969. "Where are 
all the coats and ties..." 

Stephen J. Connelly 

119 Madison Avenue 

Clifton, NJ 07011-2705 

(973) 773-3929 


Mario Rivera 

180 SW 7 8th Avenue 

Margate, FL 33068 

(954) 720-1673 

Tom McMeekin says: "It's been a long time 
since I've communicated with any of our 
classmates. By way of update, my wife, 
Diane, and 14-year-old daughter, Jenna, 
have recently relocated from Fort Wayne, 
IN to Bryn Mawr, PA. I am still in the 
investment business, continue to serve as 
Chief Investment Officer for Lincoln 
National Corporation and have also added 
another role as EVP and Chief Investment 
Officer of the fixed income operation at 
Delaware Investments in Philadelphia. We 
enjoy being back on the east coast and look 
forward to renewing some old friendships." 
Mario Rivera, Joe LaPaglia and their fami- 
lies met and had dinner at Universal 
Studios in Orlando in May. Mario reports 
that Joe is doing well and it was great 
catching up on old times. As you read these 
comments, please contact Mario by e-mail 
at and let me know how 
you're doing. John Etnier reports: "I released 
a CD of my music last summer, perhaps 
classmates would be interested. Complete 
information about the CD, as well as my 
business and other activities can be found 
at the URL below. I am living in Cape 
Elizabeth, married with two daughters, 1 1 

and 14. I own and operate my own 
recording studio, working out of my house. 
Take care. Thanks for the opportunity to 
contact old friends." 




Geoffrey A. Durham 
504 Roosevelt Drive 

Libertyville, IL 60048 
(847) 549-8407 

Edward Young 

1 1 Old Road 

By field, MA 01922 

(978) 463-827 

Ram J. Toner 

223 Riverside Drive 

Fairfield, CT 06430 

(203) 254-2371 

The 25th Reunion was a success — perfect 
weather and 21 classmates returning! Debbie 
Pope Adams and her husband, Tom, were 
there. They are venturing into a new phase 
with two teenagers in prep school, Phillips 
Exeter. Alec Andrews and his wife joined us 
from Ohio. Alec still fives on the farm with 
four cats, a dog, two horses and two kids, ages 
12 and 9. He still practices law and manages 
his firm's Columbus, OH office. He will 
soon be concluding his term as President of 
the Board of Trustees of the Central Ohio 
Diabetes Association. Tim Statler joined Alec 
on the golf course Saturday afternoon. Tim's 
wife stayed home to care for their 6-week- 
old child — congratulations to your new 
addition. Rick Atwood returned to campus 
on his Harley Davidson. He owns and man- 
ages several rental properties on the North 
Shore of Boston which keeps him busy. His 
son is becoming quite a computer whiz and 
teaching Rick how to use these things! Ray 

Brooks, Fran Burke and Jim Shaw joined us 
for the Friday night dinner, but I did not get 
a chance to catch up with you. Please send 
me your notes!! Steve Epstein has three 
daughters, the youngest we had the privilege 
of meeting at the Saturday luncheon. Steve is 
still practicing law in the Boston area. Sally 
Brown Laffely and her husband were able to 
join us at the Friday night dinner. She left 
the next day for London with her daughter 
to celebrate her daughter's graduation from 
high school!! Sally is a real estate broker in 
Salisbury, MA, and her husband is an archi- 
tect. Tom Huff smith gets the award as the 
classmate who traveled the farthest to attend 
reunion — from London via Atlanta. Tom has 
moved his family to London where he man- 
ages the Bass Hotels and Resorts properties 
in Europe and the Middle East. Tom is con- 
sidering sending his daughter to Governor 
Dummer and he was working the 
Admissions committee. Bill Rudow is busy 
as a computer programmer/consultant in the 
Boston area and he is staying very busy. He 
and his wife joined us for the Saturday night 
party as well. Ashley "Bunny" Romeiser and 
her husband joined us from the cape where 
her husband is a veterinarian. Ashley had 
many hysterical stories about the antics of 
her four-year-old identical twin sons. 
Needless to say, a night out without children 
was truly a treat for her! Konrad Schoen kept 
the laughter going all weekend with his 
many irreverent observations. Konrad is 
practicing law in Raleigh, NC, and helping 
Brandon Chase with some legal issues occa- 
sionally. Brandon, where were you? Konrad 
did confess that he has been sending class 
notes updates that weren't true — I apologize 
for any misleading notes printed here. We did 
discuss the possibility of a fact-checker posi- 
tion. Woody Wallace and his wife joined us 
from New Jersey. Woody has survived and 
excelled in the new Price Waterhouse 
Coopers merger, especially since he did not 
have to relocate. Courtney Wang traveled 
from Dallas, TX with a wallet full of pictures 
of his seven-year-old daughter An Rhiel 
who keeps him on his toes. He is running his 
own Internet Service Provider in Dallas and 
business is booming. Courtney represented 
our class in the annual Alumni 5K Pie Race. 
He won a pie and shared with us at lunch. 
We have elected Courtney team captain of 
the Class Pie Race team for our 30th 
Reunion. Sign up now! Scott Williams fol- 
lowed his dream into politics. He maintains a 
database of all the registered voters in New 
Hampshire and sells it to local and national 
elections. Tracy his wife, who works for 
SUN Microsystems, handles all the technical 
details of his business. When not schmoozing 
with the politicians, Scott is running the 
household and raising his two children, ages 

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four and six. Steve Winer and his wife were 
only able to join us for Friday night dinner 
because he was running a tennis tournament 
that weekend at his club. Steve has been able 
to build a career based on what he loves to 
do — play tennis. Steve was feeling a bit sleep 
deprived since his daughter arrived — she just 
turned one year. Jon Woodhull joined us with 
his wife. He said, "The reunion dinner was 
great fun! I am residing in Cornish, NH, 
with my wife, Carla Skinder, four horses, 
four dogs, three cats and two pot-bellied 
pigs. I am a farrier and for fun I farm 93 acres 
with my 1940s Farmall tractors." Woody 
Woolson and his family joined us on Saturday 
night between lacrosse games. Woody 
coaches his son's team. They are living in 
Keene, NH. Our class agent, Peter Arnold, 
was unable to join us as he was just trans- 
ferred to Sydney, Australia for a two year 
assignment. Peter, send us scoop from down- 
under. Best of luck to you. Memorable 
Reunion Weekend Quotes: "Because of 
what I did when I was here, I don't know 
who any of you are.""I was practicing for the 
50th reunion today when I drove here the 
whole way with my left blinker on." 

Spring Alumni Games 


David J. Bohman 

308 Trebor Lane 

Dayton, Ohio 45459-4232 

dvbohman @aol. com 

25th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11, 2000 

Louise Johnson writes, "After being away 
for 25 years my family and I are moving 
back to Byfield. I'll be working at the 
Brookwood School and my daughter, 
Meili, will be going there. We are looking 
forward to the move." 



Carol Ann Goldberg- Aydin 

301 East 94th Street, 24B 

New York, NY 10128 

(212) 410-1181 

Carolyn L. Borwick 
95 Haseltine Street 

Bradford, MA 01835 
(978) 372-9006 

Lacrosse (Row 1, left to right): Adam Doorley '97, Mike Kelly '98, Ike Suggs 

'78, Avery Woodworth '79, Mike Meagher '98, Kevin Bromby '97, Ryan 

Donohue '96 (Row 2, left to right): Mike Leary '84, Doug Pope '73, Bob 

Snyder '62, Chris White, Greg Lydon '94, Carl Berntsen '68, 

Dan Morison '88, Brendan Forrest '94 

Some strong teams turned out last 
May to challenge the men's varsity 
baseball and lacrosse teams to a 
competitive afternoon. The alumni 
lacrosse team beat GDA, 8-3; while 
GDA baseball beat the alumni, 7-4. 

Baseball (Row i, left to right):Todd Dagres '78 and 

his son Jason, Lamar Robinson '96 

(Row 2, left to right): Harvey Hay den '58, Deke 

Fryeburg '97, Tony Dagres '79,JeffLeavitt '82, Bill 

Skaff '74 and his son Jesse 

Pushing his Limits 

If you were watching this year's Boston 
Marathon closely, you may have seen Steve 
James '74 of Andover, MA and nine other 
men and women running as the 1999 
Thompson Island Outward Bound 
Marathon team. Each runner pledged to 
raise $2000 for the cause, an Outward 
Bound school found on the island off of 
Boston Harbor. James explains, "The orga- 
nization serves over 4700 Boston kids 
each year, and combines the outdoors 
with the idea that you can choose to do 
anything you want." Senior vice president 
of Hunneman Commercial and a board 
member of Thompson Island Outward 
Bound, James explains, "We wanted to 
involve more people in Outward Bound 
while setting up a challenge that repre- 
sents the spirit of Outward Bound. And 
the spirit of Outward Bound is pushing 
your own limits." 



Scott M. Pope 

25 Tidewater Farm Road 

Greenland, NH 03840 

(603) 436-2903 

Avery K. Woodworth 

19 Downfall Road 

Byfield, MA 01922 

(978) 463-2563 

funnyfarm @greennet. net 

42 The Archon — Fall 1999 


Secretary Needed 

20th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11, 2000 

Sally Lee reports that she is still working at 
MIT as support staff to a research group of 
scientists and students researching speech 
recognition. She is doing a residency at 
Portland Mountain Arts Colony in Dorland, 
CA in August for painting. She is also doing 
various illustration projects (computer-ren- 
dered and hand drawn). For more, check out 
her web page at 
sally.html. John Wise is in his sixth year of 
being a home dad and fourth year of being 
in the day care business. His home childcare 
is going strong. Jack is eight and sadly, a 
Buffalo Sabres fan. He will enter his third 
year of organized hockey this fall. Ellen 
Grace is five and entering kindergarten this 
fall. After being by his side for the last five 
years, it will be hard to let her go. His wife, 
Julie, is in her second year of PA School 
(physician assistant). He says, "We all miss 
her, but it will be worth it in the long run. 
Saw some of Duffy and Nancy Bowditch and 
Chris and Nancy Stafford last fall. For those 
interested in the home dad trend, visit My e-mail is" 


Jennifer G. Steward 

715 Main Street 

Boxford,MA 01921 

(978) 352-7694 

jgsteward@earthlink. net 

Peter Laventis sent word from Louisville, KY 
where he is working as a first vice president 
for Paine Webber. "Life is good in Kentucky. 
I switched firms and moved my investment 
management practice to Paine Webber. My 
wife, Shelley, and children George (7) and 
Nicholas (4) are doing great (even Lucky, my 
black lab is finally growing up-talk about 
hyper!) Hope all is well with our classmates. 
I am looking forward to our 20-year, missed 
15. If anyone wants to e-mail, snail mail or 
call me, my data is as follows." Peter G. 
Laventis, First Vice President, Paine Webber, 
Inc. 9900 Corporate Campus Drive 
Louisville, KY 40223. Telephone, (800) 831- 
2041. Susan Perry emailed saying, "I am still 
teaching at Phillips Academy as I stare down 
my sixth year here and over a decade now 
invested in high school education. Although 
I considered and investigated leaving 
Andover for a position in San Francisco, I am 
glad to be staying. I received a research fel- 
lowship and I just received a three-year con- 

tract so that must mean I will be here for a 
while I guess! This summer is devoted to 
taking time off after the years I had to devote 
to completing my PhD. I am loving ocean 
kayaking in New England, bike riding, and 
pouring through some great books I have 
been meaning to readjust for pleasure. I look 
forward to a trip to Atlanta in October to 
present a paper at the Gay, Lesbian and 
Bisexual Educators Network (GLSEN) 
national conference. I am also a busy aunt to 
14 nieces and nephews now.YIKES! Twelve 
of them five on Nantucket with my brothers 
(including Bruce '72) and their wives and 
two more children live in Hawaii with my 
brother Steve '78 and his wife Robyn. I have 
great places to visit! Peace to you all." Benay 
Todzo wrote that Randy Pendleton and his 
girlfriend Lori came over for a visit and 
brought two pint sized lacrosse sticks for her 
children Miles (9 months) and Quinn (2 
1/2). Good to start them young! "The kids 
love the lacrosse sticks although they don't 
exactly use them for their designated purpose 
yet — unless whacking each other counts! I 
hope everyone is doing well and that anyone 
who is a parent is getting more sleep than I 
am." Thanks to everyone who sent word! I 
look forward to more news in the fall! 

Nancy L. Wickwire 

33 Caron Road 

Bedford, NH 03110 

(603) 472-8993 

anwick@worldnet. att. net 

Missed the last issue but this was Sloan Tyler's 
note from March 23, 1999: "I was recently 
remarried and relocated to Kodiak, AK. I left 
active duty after being promoted to 
Q4/Lieutenant Commander. The military is 
interesting to say the least. I am still a reservist 
so I drill during the year. Now it's back into 
the real world of legal rigmarole. I don't 
think I'll be getting many trips to Mongolia 
to teach military justice. But I am glad to 
have a break from teaching. My daughter 
Madison is just wonderful. She loves swim- 
ming and dance class and the color pink 
(hey, I don't know how it happened!). Please 
put my e-mail address in the next Archon: Brandon Clark writes, 
"Hi Everyone! I've given up merchandising 
Broadway shows to get back to acting. Look 
for me on the last three episodes of "Sports 
Night" this season (Spring, 1999) on ABC." 
Trina Chiara writes, "Boy, have I been delin- 
quent! I get news about Nancy, Martha and 
Alison from Heather, who is a very good 
messenger. As for me, I got married in 1997 
to a great guy I met on a blind date! We are 
living in Connecticut between Hartford and 
New Haven (Manchester, CT). After living 

in NYC for over a decade, life in the burbs 
is definitely calmer. I continue to work as a 
media consultant for companies but now do 
so out of a home-based office. I was really 
disappointed to miss our last reunion but am 
looking forward to the next one!! Hello to 
Paula Veale, Erica, Dave Shwartz, Jonathon, 
Jenny and Ann Rooneyir' Andy Fredrick wrote, 
"Well, I haven't written back with Archon 
notes in about 10 years, so a bit has hap- 
pened. I have a little girl now; Julia Louise 
Tomblison Fredrick. She just turned two on 
7/3. She was due during the '97 reunion, so 
I figured it was best to stay home and stay 
ready for the trip to the hospital. Pictures of 
the little one are available at: 
/julia/louise. I recently resigned my position 
of 13 years and moved to Idaho (IDAHO???) 
and I have started a new company. I wonder 
if there are any alumni in the area? It is really 
not a populous state! Anyway, between 
finding my way around in Boise and 
weekend trips to the mountains, I have been 
pretty busy. Still no fishing license, though. If 
you haven't lived here for more than six 
months, then the fee is pretty steep. I find it 
amusing that you can vote here almost 
immediately, but fish ... no way!! I've been 
here about three months, so there is still 
some culture shock. All in all, it has been an 
adventure! Hope everyone is well!!" As my 
deadline approached, I sent an e-mail to all 
the Class of 1982 e-mail addresses that I had, 
encouraging people to respond back quickly 
with some news. And I suggested that if they 
didn't have any of the "usual" news (i.e., mar- 
riage, baby, new job, etc) to send back an e- 
mail with a thing that they have done since 
graduation that others would be shocked by. 
Bob Low responded with this: "Hey Nance! 
People would probably be most shocked that 
I actually coached JV basketball for three 
years at Holderness!! This lead to my first 
personnel issue as Athletic Director: I fired 
myself and hired a real basketball coach. 
Actually, I had a blast coaching basketball, 
given its many similarities to lacrosse. 
Looking forward to seeing Coach Nelson at 
our 6th Annual Holderness Jamboree! Best 
to coach Kravchuk, and all '82ers." Ted 
Lamed responded that he hasn't done any- 
thing as exciting as parachute jumping, 
although he had been moving for the pre- 
vious two weeks and had this advice: "1. 
Don't move if you don't have to. It's not like 
changing dorm rooms anymore and 2. Start 
getting rid of stuff right now, it will make 
things significantly easier. New address: 357 
Ball Park Blvd. NW, Grand Rapids, MI, 
49504. Phone: (616) 791-0464. Oh, and I am 
getting married in October to Terry Lehnan. 
Terry grew up in Grand Rapids. She teaches 
8th grade English. Best to everyone." Martha 
Lawlor Krauch (as dictated to husband Gary 

The Archon — Fall 1999 43 

lass notes 

who sent this e-mail in from his office): "My 
husband Gary and I have spent the last year 
adjusting to our new daughter, Charlotte, 
who turned one on June 3. Her big four- 
year-old sister Emily is finally getting used to 
the competition. Congrats to Heather 
(Vickers) and Joe Ryan on the birth of their 
second daughter, Catherine, who was born 
in May I look forward to hearing from other 
GDA alums; our e-mail address is GLK@ 
MEDIAONE.COM." Chuck Yerkes got this 
e-mail with no time to spare: "OK, under 
the deadline. Settling in to the (East) Bay 
area; mostly finished unpacking. It's quite a 
change to go from a 500 square foot apart- 
ment for five years to a whole house - with 
garage! I'm going for that sparsely furnished 
look, at least until the memories of moving 
start to fade. It was very odd to have no 
winter (temps plunged into the 40s once). 
Now it is odd to have no summer (temps up 
into the 80s once). No births, deaths or felony 
convictions to report." Barbara Mackay-Smith 
writes, "I can't even remember what news I 
have sent in during the last 17 years (aack, 
has it really been that long!!) But I bet most 
of what I've done in that time would sur- 
prise our fellow alums .... from working as 
a broadcast field producer on Capital Hill to 
working as a bar hostess in Tokyo. I got mar- 
ried a few years back, and opened a French 
bakery/ cafe in Virginia, which my ex now 
runs on his own. Now I'm single again and 
working as a flight attendant for United 
Airlines, a job which combines my love of 
travel and allows me enough time off to 
write. I moved to my latest digs just over a 
year ago and am loving life in the city-by- 
the-bay. Of course I would love to hear from 
any alums in the area ... or across the world 
(I am away as often as I am at home). My e- 
mail address is BJMACKAYSMITH@ 
HOTMAIL.COM or look me up in San 
Mateo, CA." Bill Dee did not respond to the 
postcard or the e-mail about class notes for 
the Archon, but we have exchanged e-mail 
and I can report that his •wife had a baby boy 
on October 13. His e-mail (in March, 1999) 
said: "His name is Trevor William Dee, 9 lbs 
1 oz.Very difficult baby. Eight weeks of colic, 
calk about sleepless nights. Much better now 
and HUGE: 19 lbs and 28 inches long! Goes 
to bed at 7:30 and then sleeps straight 
through until morning." Bill and his wife are 
living in Concord, NH and Bill works at a 
law firm in Manchester. Nancy Lord Wickwire 
writes, "My life is roughly the same as the last 
Archon notes. Eddie is now four and Layla is 
ten months and WICKED cute (people 
don't use that term enough anymore. I 

wicked mean that). I am still glad to be the 
class secretary, even after more than five 
years, because I am NOSY and like to hear 
from folks. And to pass along the info. So, 
keep those cards and emails coming!!" 



Caroline S. Krause 

242 Locust Street 

Danvers, MA 01923 

(978) 777-2801 

Cathy Scerbo 

360 High Street 

Hampton, NH 03842-2304 

(603) 926-4079 


ill 1984 


Nathalie E. Ames 

2337 N. Commonwealth 

Avenue-Apartment IE 

Chicago, IL 606144 

(773) 883-1325 

15th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11, 2000 

Tim Maxfield reports: "Things here in Maine 
are well. I am working in sales at Creative 
Broadcast Concepts, an ad agency that han- 
dles car dealers all over the US and Canada. 
My wife Velvet is a teacher at the Jewish 
Community Center in Portland. Our five- 
year-old daughter Rhiannon is getting ready 
for kindergarten in the fall, and loving tee ball 
this summer. She's also becoming quite the 
sailor! Peace to all and have a great summer!" 


Jennifer Dupre 

312 Washington Street 

Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 

Pamela L. Paradee 

169 Bellevue Street 

Winooski, VT 05404 

(802) 655-7618 


Class Secretary Needed 

Jill Goldman Miller was recently promoted 
to vice president and manager of Internal 
Communications for Fleet's Commercial 
Banking Division. Jill and her husband 
Andrew are busy building a house in Norton, 
MA and expect to move in by the end of the 
summer. She recentiy bumped into Jenny 
Reynolds in Boston and hopes to get together 
with more GDA grads from the Boston area 
this summer. Jenny Reynolds writes, "Music 
is my #1 priority right now, and I am 
looking forward to touring the country as 
long as my bank account can stand it. It has 
been a good year. Since leaving a dream job 
teaching English at Newton South High 
School, I have devoted my time almost 
entirely to music and continue to do so. I am 
featured on a compilation CD called 
Respond, which includes Patty Larkin and 
Juliana Hatfield. This CD will be sold at 
Lilith Fair Concerts, and has been the subject 
of four articles in Billboard Magazine. I was 
interviewed for WCVB TV's Chronicle and, 
as the last Archon kindly mentioned, my first 
full length CD was nominated for a Boston 
Music Award! I have not, however, forgotten 
where I really got started, though. And I 
would love to hear from other classmates 
(Jenny Petschek, Carrie Walton Penner) with 
whom I have lost touch. In the past few 
months I have enjoyed meeting many fellow 
GDA classmates! Some of these meetings 
were by chance, while others were more 
organized. I bumped into Jill Goldman Miller 
in South Station in Boston a while ago. We 
have been emailing since. Reggie Edmunds 
and Jon Morisseau have been coming to gigs 
for well over a year now (thanks!). Kara 
Moheban McLoy and I met for dinner and 
drinks, and we even played softball against 
each other. Erika Sayewich Buell and I have 
also been emailing and hope to meet up 
sometime soon. Jen Grimes Dupre '86 and I 
recently discovered we are neighbors! Jill 

44 The Archon — Fall 1999 

Packard and I hang out a lot, and we're all 
excited for Jodi Packard '90s engagement!! 
John Myers emailed from NYC and may 
come to a gig I have there soon. I love to 
keep in touch will fellow classmates (isn't e- 
mail great!) and can be reached at pret- My website is at" 

Kristin A. Brown 
15 Peabody Terrace, Apt. 21 
Cambridge, MA 02138 

(617) 864-1762 
Kristin_brown (cbpingree. org 

Reunion '99 was fun and exciting and I am 
so pleased many members of the class of '89 
were able to make it to some or all of the 
reunion events. It was a wonderful time to 
catch up on class news and I will fill you all 
in on what I can remember. Alex Moody 
and his wife recently returned to 
Massachusetts from Minnesota where Alex 
was working at Shattuck St. Mary's. This fall 
he will begin working at Brooks School as 
the Varsity Men's Hockey Coach. Good 
luck, Alex! Jon Kocsis and his wife most 
likely won the award for travelling the fur- 
thest (from Oregon) to make it to reunion. 
John Wilson also traveled from Dallas to 
attend the reunion with his wife. Chante 
Lampton returned to campus for the first 
time since graduating and it was great to 
catch up with her. She is still living in 
Maryland working at a publishing firm but 
pondering returning to school for a second 
master's degree. Cate MacLaughlin and her 
friend Jake came down from Burlington,VT 
for the festivities. Cate will be starting a 
graduate program in Boston (Boston College, 
I think) in the fall. Adam Barton also came a 
ways with his wife from the midwest. 
Another classmate many of us have not seen 
in a while was Sepp Spenlinhauer who cur- 
rently lives in NYC. His friend and our 
classmate Courtney Carson was another face 
from the past and it was wonderful to see 
her. Chuck Kahn and his wife also came 
from South Carolina to spend time with his 
classmates. Alison Hyder was another class- 
mate in attendance at Reunion. She writes, 

"Hello everyone! It was great seeing so many 
familiar faces at Reunion. I've been relaxing 
since reunion weekend and just got back 
from three wonderful weeks in Europe: 
Spain, day-trip to Morocco, Wales and 
England. My company, The Weber Group, is 
gracious enough to offer six weeks sabbatical 
leave after five years of tenure, so I am 
enjoying my time off right now! It was well 
worth the wait. Hope to bump into anyone 
living in Boston soon!" In addition to those 
already mentioned it was great to see Carrie 
O'Keefe, Lindsey Curley, Lauren Jellinek 
Flower, Joy Fosdkk Chuba, Derek VanVliet, 
Dan Nadeau, Rob Ashowrth, Matt Downing, 
Rob Wattie, Ashley Newbert, Jen Ashare, 
Alison Magee, Preston Beach, Alison 
Schermerhorn, Jessica Clapp, Kevin Lydon 
along with several others. Thanks to 
everyone who made it back to Byfield. I 
hope you enjoyed your visit with everyone. 
I certainly did. A few classmates who were 
unable to attend reunion wrote or contacted 
me to provide some very good excuses. 
Young Shin recently finished law school and 
was preparing for the bar— Good luck Young! 
Heather Mosher wrote to Mike Moonves to 
say, "I regret that I can not attend the 
reunion. I am performing in an off- 
broadway play on those dates. Say hi to 
everyone for me! Everything is going well. I 
have lived in New York for about five years. 
I work in film and theater. I will be per- 
forming on 42nd Street from June 2 to June 
13. I was a set designer for film for a few 
years and now I am concentrating on acting. 
So if anyone is in New York give a ring!" 
Congratulations on your acting career, 
Heather, and good luck as it continues. We 
were sorry to miss you in June. Jessie a Cowles 
Pidgeon was also unable to attend reunion 
but writes, "I finally settled in Maine and am 
enjoying my time as an unemployed parent- 
to-be. The baby is due in October. Still 
teaching aerobics to help pass the time." Jen 
Cowles was also unable to attend as she was 
preparing for her upcoming wedding (in 
July) . Jessica Clapp recently moved back to 
Boston after reunion. She is excited about 
the change. As for me, I graduated from 
Harvard in June with an EdM and rather 
than returning to GDA in the fall I will be 
working down the road at Pingree and 
hopefully living in Newburyport. Once 
again, it was great to see so many friendly 
faces at Reunion in June. Please keep in 
touch and I look forward to seeing many 
more at our 15th in 2004! I hope you are all 
happy and healthy! 


When GDA's men's hockey team plays 
Brooks next winter, there may be more 
than the usual competition on the ice. 
Former All-American prep hockey goalee 
at GDA, Alex Moody '89 will be on the 
other side of the boards this year, serving 
as varsity hockey coach at Brooks school. 
Coming back east from Shattuck-St. 
Mary's School in Minnesota, Moody and 
his wife and soon-to-be child will live and 
work (he's teaching math and also 
coaching lacrosse) down the road from 
GDA at Brooks. All-New England, All- 
EC AC goalee at Colby College, Moody 
spent a year in the U.S. Junior Hockey 
League before moving into his teaching 
and coaching career. About his latest move 
Moody says, "Governor Dummer was a 
fantastic place. I owe a lot to Peter 
Bragdon ... You can't beat the boarding 
school life. It's definitely what my wife and 
I want for careers." 


Robin A. Remick 
1088 Park Avenue, Apt. &C 

New York, New York 10128 

(212) 831-4109 

Deadlines for news are 11/15 and 3/15. 

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10th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11, 2000 

All is well here in New York. I am already 
looking forward to our reunion and I hope 
that everyone will attend. Nikki Fardy 
DelliColli is interested in doing some of the 
reunion planning and she asks that you write 
to her (20 Post Office Avenue, #25 Andover, 
MA 01810) with ideas and suggestions. Liz 
Shea is working at the Lowell Memorial 
Auditorium and living in Andover. Not long 
ago, I had the pleasure of meeting her 
adorable son, Andrew, and Liz reports that he 
will start the first grade in the fall. Michael 
Guilbert is living in West Hartford, CT and 
working for Universal Underwriters, an insur- 
ance company for the automotive industry. 
Michael also is looking forward to com- 
pleting his MBA in marketing. Dave Smith 
will be teaching English at Northfield Mount 
Hermon in the fall (his e-mail address there 
will be: Dave_Smith@nmh.north 
His duties will also entail running a dorm 
and teaching lacrosse and wrestling. Dave 
also provided the following information on 
other classmates: Brian Rodgers is getting 
married to Tasha Lynn Fluery over the 
upcoming Labor Day weekend. Chad Harlow 
will be pursuing a master's degree in English 
at Boston College in the fall. Thanks for all 

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the updates Dave and congratulations to 
Brian Rodgersl Alyssa Huber is currently 
studying to take the Massachusetts Bar exam 
at the end of July. Afterwards she is planning 
to spend the month of August travelling 
around Europe with the rest of the world. 
She is scheduled to begin a new job at EMC 
Corporation in the General Counsel's office 
and hopefully start to rest and enjoy life a 
little. She has taken up the sport of golf, and 
actually thinks she is going to be pretty good 
someday. So if anyone needs a fourth, she 
will be happy to meet you out on the course. 
Hope all is well 'with everyone, and now that 
she is out of law school, she promises to be 
more faithful to the Archon dates. 


Nicole E LaTour 

121 W. 56th Street 

New York, NY 10019 

(212) 957-1696 

Joshua C. Lappin 

1611 Beacon Street, #3 

Brookline,MA 02146 

(611) 131-0868 

jlappin@bancroft.pvt.kl2. ma. us 

Miles Van Rensselaer reports, "I resisted the 
urge to detonate any explosives on the upper 
east side last month. Nonetheless good to see 
the Alaskan and his mate. Congratulations 

On the Ice 

Gloucester native Dan Juden '94 recently 
made the news in celebration of his work 
as a professional hockey player. Recently 
returned from a stint as right wing on 
Tupelo, Mississippi's professional team, the 
Tupelo T-Rex, Juden is now working for a 
sales and marketing firm in Framingham, 
playing in a men's hockey league, and con- 
templating his next move. Drafted by 
Tampa Bay Lightning in the National 
Hockey Amateur Draft five years ago, 
Juden instead played for the University of 
Massachusetts for awhile, then made the 
move to Tupelo, for a chance on a team in 
the World Professional Hockey League. As 
quoted in the Gloucester Daily Times, Juden 
explains, "You never think the day will 
come when you become a pro hockey 
player. But when it finally happens, it's an 
unbelievable feeling." 

are again, in order. Hope they make it back 
from the Spanish interlude." Erin Elxvell and 
Grace Jeanes attended Carolyn Mclnnis's 
wedding in Orleans, MA this past weekend. 
They took a GDA picture with Pam Kurtz, 
Carolyn, Erin and Grace. They will send a 
copy in when they get it. 


Nancy Stevenson 

21 Old Farm Way 

NewburyMA 01951 

(918) 462-5414 

Nancycs99@yahoo. com 

Hey everyone! I hope all of you in the 
Northeast are staying cool as this summer 
heat wave passes through. In the midst of this 
heat, I have been moving into my new apart- 
ment in Portsmouth, NH. Thanks to the help 
of Andrea Manning and Jennifer Saunders, old 
time Portsmouth residents, it has gone 
smoothly and I am getting to know the lay 
of the land. Another classmate moving back 
to Massachusetts is Jon Karon. He plans to 
get back to the East this fall. He wrote to let 
everyone know he is "still writing computer 
games, corrupting the straight world and tor- 
menting my parents. Cash is good, fun is 
better, love is best." I have been seeing more 
of Use Abusamra these days as she is able to 
get home to NH more often in the summer 
since it is a slower season for admissions 
counselors. She is getting ready to head to 
France for a few weeks visiting some college 
friends and her parents 'who are also enjoying 
part of their summer in France. She is being 
kept busy the rest of the summer by wed- 
dings! Use wanted to let everyone who 
wasn't able to make it that the Reunion/ 
Retirement party for Mr. Bragdon was a 
blast. She hopes everyone is well. Jill Hindle 
wrote to say she was sorry she missed the 
party but heard it was great. She is working 
as an editorial assistant at The Lyons Press in 
NYC. She sees Derek Ambrosi, Nathan 
Goldstein and Cara Marcous pretty regularly. 
She is thinking of journalism school and/or 
an MFA in creative writing. Unfortunately, 
I didn't hear from many of you this time so 
I have nothing more to report. Have a great 

Send it in! The next deadline for 
news is November 15. 

Have you seen GDA on the web? 


Kristen L. Marvin 

1440 North Sepulveda Blvd. #330 

Van Nuys, CA 91405 

(818) 901-8994 

joelkris@earthlink. net 

Chris Rice is moving to Boulder, CO, and 
plans to do a lot of fishing, camping and 
skiing, along with working on an online 
publication for outdoor enthusiasts. 


Laura Beth Barnes 

4518 West Linda Lane 

Chandler, AZ 85226 

(602) 940-1140 

5th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11, 2000 

Christine Holbrook is announcing her 
engagement to her high school sweetheart 
Michael Frary. A September 2000 wedding is 
being planned. Christine recently graduated 
cum laude from Plymouth State College and 
will be entering UMass graduate school in 
the fall for psychology. She hopes that 
everyone is doing well and wishes the Class 
of 1995 a happy and bright future. 
Christopher Terry is working for Key Global 
Finance, and writes "I get to eat my lunch in 
Post Office Square in Boston!" Please write 
to him at his new e-mail address: 
DirkLivingston@ Chris DuBois 
is currendy backpacking through Europe and 
is still studying environmental studies at the 
University of British Columbia. Alanna Molly 
Pike graduated from New York University in 
1999. She will be attending Florida State 
University to study law this coming fall. She 
is now living in Boca Raton, FL. I have 
decided to put off law school and am cur- 
rently filing my papers to immigrate to 
Adelaide, Australia. Congratulations to all of 
those in the Class of 1995 who recendy cel- 
ebrated a Commencement ceremony and for 
all of the Class of 1995: "Live Your Dreams!" 

46 The Archon — Fall 1999 


Jeffrey R. LaBelle 

59 Rhode Island Avenue 

Manchester, NH 03104 

(603) 668-5906 

Janna Panall 

490 Main Street 

Amesbury, MA 01913 

(978) 388-7098 

jpanall@lasell. edu 

Tasneem Nanji says, "I've been here in New 
York City for one year now and things are 
grand. If anyone should be dropping by the 
city do stop and take some time to let me 
know. My e-mail is I 
spent the summer playing music and 
interning at Blue Note Records, which was 
an enlightening experience. Peace." Todd 
Winters says, "Nothing shocking. I'm having 
an incredible summer in Henniker, NH. 
Working and playing a bit too much. But I 
am pleased to say I'm enjoying the delicious 
fruits of life with a large smile on my face. 
Hello everyone and see you soon." Ariele 
Ebacher is traveling with Circus Smirkus and 
graduating next semester with the internship 
credit she gets from the circus. Some 
Ringling clowns came to visit and she found 
out they know Martha. Two GDA graduates 
ran away with the Circus. . .who's next? "I'm 
so happy here. . .I'm home at last." 


to Leigh Ferrara '98 of Newbury MA and 
Kate Manzella '96 of North Hampton, 
NH for their part in Colgate University 
Women's Lacrosse first Patriot League 
Championship last spring! 

Ray Long '96 of Lynn, MA was a four- 
year letter winner in track at GDA, a 
member of the AU-ISL football and track 
teams, and the 1996 Goodwin Athletic 
Prize Winner. Now running and jumping 
for Dartmouth College, Ray has been 
making huge contributions to the Big 
Green team. In the 1999 outdoor season 
alone, Long increased his triple jumps 
by three feet. At the Heptagonal 
Championships in May, Long placed 
fourth with a personal best jump of 49-1 1 
inches. Dartmouth Coach Wallin explains, 
"Ray has a great attitude. He is wonderful 
to work with. He trains really hard, and he 
listens. He's always cheering on his team- 
mates, and he just does anything to help 
because he loves the sport." 

New World View 

Last May 8, Todd Walters '96 of Newbury, 
MA was walking the streets of Shanghai, 
to the tune of nearly 3000 protestors. It 
wasn't personal though; Walters happened 
to step onto the shores of China the day 
after U.S. forces accidentally bombed the 
Chinese embassy in Belgrade. Walters was 
one of 650 college students who spent a 
"semester at sea," travelling for four 
months around the world as a member of 
the University of Pittsburgh's international 
travel program. A political science major 
with an emphasis on international rela- 
tions at the University of Rochester, NY, 
Walters explains the impact of his experi- 
ences:"! now have a more realistic view of 
the world in just how other people live 
and what daily living conditions are like 
for most people." 


Jessie M. Gannett 

KSC MS 7800 

229 Main Street 

Keene, NH 03435 

(603) 358-7937 

jmg2@keene. edu 

Brian Marvin 

2B Washington Road 

Atkinson, NH 03811 


Rachel Lipman 

Kenyon College 

P.O. Box 1499 

Gambler, OH 43022 

Rachel. lipman@mail. trincoll. edu 

Jason Richter says that this past year at Boston 
College has been a great one. He is currently 
a Finance Major at Boston College Business 
School and is looking forward to his junior 
year. He plans on taking an internship next 
summer in Boston or New York City. He is 
also looking towards trying to attend grad- 
uate school at the University ofVirginia after 
he graduates. Hilary Knight will be attending 
the University of Nice, Nice, France in the 
fall. She had a very successful lacrosse season 
this past spring with Stonehill College. She is 
busy this summer bartending, waitressing and 
nannying. She ran into Aaron Hirsch, Kristin 
Brown and Ms. Truslow at an event at 
Harvard that she was bartending at. If anyone 
is going to be in Egypt for New Years, she is 
planning to be there (or somewhere over 
there) too! E-mail her to let her know - 


to UNH sophomore Colleen Christopher '97 
of Hampton Falls, NH for being named to the 
All-America East women's lacrosse second 
team. Christopher scored two game-winning 
goals in the Wildcats' 1999 season, and was 
second on the team in goals and points. 


Elizabeth Erickson 

PO Box 1499 

Gambler, OH 43022 

Jacob Chase 

Macalester College 

1600 Grand Avenue 

Saint Paul, MN 55105-1899 

Jchase@macalester. edu 

Justin Gitlin is recovering from a torn quad 
muscle that he got from a terrifying snow- 
board accident. He walks with a cane that 
makes him look even more like a pimp. He 
has been keeping busy with work, music, 
and friends. He can't wait to skateboard, 
but may have to wait another month. His 
e-mail is Mike Meagher 
started for the Harvard Lacrosse team at 
defense. He was named to the All-Ivy and 
All-New England teams, and was New 
England Division 1 Rookie of the Year. In 
the Massachusetts State Soccer 
Tournament, he was named MVP for the 
under-19 age group. Yuki Tsubomastu says: 
"I have enjoyed my first year atTulane and 
my grades were not too bad. I played the 
guitar with my band at one of those bars 
that have drum sets, amps, microphone and 
other stuff. Although I still play the guitar a 
lot, I've made up my mind that I declared 
my major to be business. Right now (as of 
June 30), I'm back home in Japan and 
working as a bartender until the end of 
summer. My family just moved into a 
house twice as big as the old one. If you get 
a change to visit Japan, please come visit 
me! Also, if you are ever in the South, 
please stop by New Orleans, especially 
during Maudi Gras. E-mail me at ytsubo-" 


to Mike Meagher '98 of Merrimack, NH for 
being named New England's top men's lacrosse 
rookie. A first year member of Harvard's varsity 
lacrosse team, Meagher received All-Ivy Honors 
and played on the All-New England team. 
While the Crimson ended their season 3-10, we 
are confident of their future success with such 
young players as Meagher to buoy them along. 

The Archon — Fall 1999 47 

class notes 


Stuart W. Gilfillen 

Roger Williams University 

RWU Box 268 

Bristol, RI 02809-2921 

studude@hotmail. com 

Jessica S. Reed-Zaplin 

Gettysburg College 

Box 1144 

Gettysburg, PA 11325 

(111) 331-1108 

reedje02@gettysburg. edu 

Former Faculty 

The Archon would love to publish 

more news about people who once 

were and are no longer employed at 

GDA. Please send your former faculty 

news to 

95-year-old Art Sager (faculty member 
from 1930-1969) of Boxford, MA was hon- 
ored last spring as the oldest founding 
member of the New England chapter of the 
Olympian Alumni Association. A 1928 
Olympian in the track and field events, Sager 
was presented with an honorary award by the 
United States Olympic Committee for his 
outstanding and loyal support of all Olympic 
activities, including leadership, public relations 
and longstanding involvement within the 

Established in 1952, the New England 
chapter of the Olympic Alumni Association 
is the oldest chapter in the United States. As 
a founding member, Sager has joined over 
350 Olympic athletes, coaches, medical staff, 
and technical support officials in 47 years of 
work. The group holds yearly fundraisers to 
help support aspiring New England athletes, 
as well as coordinating educational programs 
that teach and motivate young adults to 
determine goals and reach new heights of 
achievement within themselves. 

Tina Noyes, President of the New England 
OAA, presented the award to Sager, 
explaining, "Art has done so much for the 
organization. His Olympic spirit and long- 
standing, constant support with time and 
resources has contributed immeasurably to 
the groups goals." 

in memoriam 

Stanley S. Sarnecki '32 

The school was recently informed that Stanley 
Sarnecki passed away on April 29, 1999. 

Dana C. Douglass Jr. '33 

Dana Douglass died July 30, 1999 at his home 
in Bethel, ME. After GDA, Douglass attended 
Dartmouth College. After graduating from 
college, he worked for an investment trust in 
New Jersey for three years before moving to 
Portland, ME, marrying Barbara Harte 
Anderson, and establishing a sound equipment 
company, the Stanley-Dana Corporation. In 
1948, he reopened the nearby Bumpus 
Quarry and the Newry Mine. When the 
mines closed, he formed his own land sur- 
veying company. He was actively involved in 
his community, calling Bethel "paradise," and 
serving on the Parent-Teacher Association, as 
clerk at the Congregational Church, member- 
ship in the Bethel Historical Society, among 
other organizations. He leaves his wife, 
Barbara Douglass of Bethel, four daughters, 
and six grandchildren. 

Roger Porosky '10 

Nancy Porosky wrote in to inform the 
school of her husband Roger's unexpected 
death from a heart attack on March 26, 
1999. Roger had been working as finance 
officer for the New Hampshire Public 
Defender's office for over ten years. He lived 
in Gilmanton, NH with his family and was 
an avid race car fan and driver. He loved 
working with computers and had started a 
home business selling computer hardware 
and software. He leaves his wife, Nancy, who 
started dating Roger when she was 16 and 
has fond memories of the GDA campus, and 
his children Abby, age 19, and Tim, age 15. 



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Sager, who celebrated his ninety-fifth birthday on July fourth, directed his final Glee Club performance, dedicating the 
concert to Peter and Dottie Bragdon. 

A member of the faculty from 1930-1969, Sager over the years introduced several thousands of GDAs young men to music, 
with former faculty member Ben Stone pounding out the accompaniment along side. 

We applaud Art's dedication to GDAs music program and thank him for his many years of devoted service to the Academy. 

The following letter was written by Art Sager to all members of the 1 999 Alumni/ae Glee Club. 

1 received the tape of our Reunion concert and I hope you will be as pleased with 
it as I am . After playing it several times, I still get a lump in my throat listening to the 
Senior Song. 

Wliat makes this group different? At ourjirst concert twelve years ago I saw them as my 
football players, boys in my corridor, the glee club — none, of course, as discipline problems! Now, 
strangely enough, I see them as friends. I feel young again, not 95. 

We do not have to tell each other how we feel; it's right therefor everyone to see. There is a difference of 50 years 
in age in this great group, but none of us take any notice of that! 

Ben is so important to this act and has been for low these 80 years. I have told him many times: he's the musician; 
I'm the salesman. There is no way you can measure this relationship. We call it spirit, I call it Governor Dummer spirit. 

I came to GDA in 1930 and have had an active role through 1999. I've loved it all. I thank all of you for what 
you have given me and I take great pleasure in giving you this tape of our 1999 concert. 

— Art 


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